AceShowbiz - Mark Wahlberg's show of support for the Black Lives Matter movement isn't received well by others. The actor has received backlash for his past hate crimes after he posted a tribute to George Floyd, an African-American who was killed by a white police officer in Minneapolis on May 25.
"The murder of George Floyd is heartbreaking," he wrote on Thursday, June 4 along with a photo of the late 46-year-old man. "We must all work together to fix this problem. I'm praying for all of us. God bless. #blacklivesmatter."
But instead of appreciating his support for the BLM movement, many were quick to point out his hypocrisy as they brought up Mark's history of hate crimes against people of color. "Remember when you threw rocks at little black girls," one person commented on his post, alleging that his statement wasn't "genuine" and told him to "just delete it."
A second critic pointed out another case of Mark's hate crime against an Asian man. "Let's not forget that Mark Wahlberg himself almost beat an Asian man to death when he was a teenager and the guy is no blind in one eye because of it," the said person wrote.
"Are you not the one with an entire hate crimes page on Wikipedia?" another cynically responded to "The Departed" star's BLM post. A fourth user pointed out, "Oh, cause I thought the man who has committed various hate crimes based on race and used racial slurs to the asian and black community said something."
In 1985, then-15-year-old Mark and three friends chased after three black children while yelling, "Kill the nigger, kill the nigger" and throwing rocks at them. The next day, he and others followed a group of mostly black fourth graders taking a field trip on a beach, yelled racial epithets at them, threw rocks at them, and "summoned other white males who joined" in the harassment. In August 1986, civil action was filed against Mark for violating the civil rights of his victims, and the case was settled the next month.
Later in 1988, he committed two hate crimes on two Vietnamese American men at different times on the same day. He knocked the first victim unconscious with a wooden stick and punched the second, whose name is Johnny Trinh, so hard in the eye he thought he'd blinded him. Mark was charged with attempted murder, pleaded guilty to felony assault, and was sentenced to two years in jail, but only served 45 days.
In 2014, the 49-year-old applied for a pardon for his convictions. While his request was still waiting for a judge's decision, he said in 2016 that he had met with Johnny and apologized "for those horrific acts." Johnny released a public statement forgiving the "Patriots Day" star, but many expressed that Mark needed to fully atone for his horrific past before making any claim to support a Black movement. He later said he regretted his attempt to obtain a pardon, and his petition was closed after he failed to answer a request from the pardon board as to whether he wanted it to remain open.