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Mark Wahlberg as anti-prejudice hero is height of Hollywood hypocrisy

“This is a guy who has committed multiple hate crimes, who chased little black kids down the street shouting “n—–s” more than once, who viciously assaulted two Vietnamese men, who broke another man’s jaw so badly, it had to be wired shut.”

Not since George Clooney as Batman, Colin Farrell as Alexander the Great, or Sofia Coppola as Mary Corleone has there been a greater miscasting than Mark Wahlberg as an evangelizer for gay rights.

This is a guy who has committed multiple hate crimes, who chased little black kids down the street shouting “n—–s” more than once, who viciously assaulted two Vietnamese men, who broke another man’s jaw so badly, it had to be wired shut.

This is also a guy who has never, to my mind, truly acknowledged or apologized for his sadistic, racially motivated crimes.

So to see the trailer for Wahlberg’s latest film the other night is to have one’s jaw drop in disbelief. This is Hollywood virtue signaling at its most cynical and unself-aware, pitched as — of course, what else? — Oscar bait.

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