Oh, foot-in-mouth disease. It’s a fascinating affliction that seems to haunt a good number of celebrities, who, due to a near-constant worship in the media, begin to feel as if they have all the answers to the world’s problems, and have no qualms about letting the rest of us know about it. Case in point: Mark Wahlberg, who recently all but announced that the people on board the hijacked airplanes on 9/11 were essentially cowards and, had he been there, Wahlberg would have personally taken back the plane he was on and landed it himself, like a real hero. And I’m sure you can guess about how well that went over.
Wahlberg’s original comments, during an interview in Men’s Journal, went like this:
“If I was on that plane with my kids, it wouldn’t have went down like it did. There would have been a lot of blood in that first-class cabin and then me saying, ‘OK, we’re going to land somewhere safely, don’t worry.’”
Because he’s a real man, ok guys? Get it? He would have landed that plane himself. Because that’s what actors do.
So, of course, almost immediately there was a public backlash against his nutty 9/11 commentary, leading to the inevitable “oh crap, I have a new movie out and the studio has demanded that my publicist get me to issue an apology in a hurry so that the second week grosses aren’t affected before the film is shipped to foreign markets” apology:
“To speculate about such a situation is ridiculous to begin with, and to suggest I would have done anything differently than the passengers on that plane was irresponsible. I deeply apologize to the families of the victims that my answer came off as insensitive, it was certainly not my intention.”
“So there you go, nothing to see here, folks, nothing at all, so be sure to all go see Contraband and don’t worry about a thing (nervous laugh).”
What do you think about Wahlberg’s comments? Was he out of line?
Source: Wall Street Journal