Apparently, not everyone is allowed to preach solidarity on the topic of police brutality and race relations. Earlier this week, actor Mark Wahlberg in a sign of solidarity vocalized his support of the Black Lives Matter movement in the wake of the death of George Floyd. His call for unity was immediately attacked by social media’s cancel culture.
Wahlberg posted on twitter the following message:
The murder of George Floyd is heartbreaking. We must all work together to fix this problem. I’m praying for all of us. God bless. #blacklivesmatter
— Mark Wahlberg (@markwahlberg) June 4, 2020
While Wahlberg’s message was meant to show support of the Black Lives Matter movement, BLM supporters were less than thrilled about the actor’s warm words. Social Media users were quick to dig up Wahlberg’s past racial incidents that occurred in the mid to late 1980s.
During his teen years, Wahlberg was involved in numerous race-related incidents including in the beating of a Vietnamese man who he allegedly blinded in one eye. Wahlberg was charged with attempted murder, pleaded guilty to felony assault, and was sentenced to two years in jail, but served only 45 days of his sentence.
Wahlberg has spent years trying to atone for his past racist actions and personally apologized to the man he assaulted all those years ago.
But that doesn’t matter to the moral puritans of Twitter. Twitter users went after Wahlberg due to his past actions in light of his call for togetherness.
just a reminder that mark wahlberg committed various LITERAL HATE CRIMES and only served 45 days in prison, so don’t be so quick to applaud him for tweeting blm 🙂 pic.twitter.com/J9ZQBDPmPv
— viv 🕷 (@mitskiangst) June 7, 2020
Watching Mark Wahlberg get DRAGGED truly makes for a great morning pic.twitter.com/rNM7iJmRFh
— Buss in Boots (@KharloKong) June 7, 2020
Mark Wahlberg is the last dude we need to hear from.
He’s a walking hate crime and the epitome of white privilege. pic.twitter.com/LPeRZgSXq0
— Byrøn (stroopwafels & vibes 🧇🤞🏾) (@byst) June 7, 2020
A few Twitter users attempted to defend Mark’s past actions.
Mark Wahlberg has been fairly open about his troubled past. So calling him a hypocrite now only says you believe that no one is capable of changing. And if that’s the case, what would the point of protesting be?
— RichardGrace12 (@Grace12Richard) June 7, 2020
Isn't this the point of protests? Don't we especially want the worst perpetrators of racism to get woke? Why would anyone want to change if we continue to judge them? Shouldn't we applaud his evolution?
16yr old Mark Wahlberg wasn't responsible for a racist justice system.
— Anita Murie I stand with Ukraine (@MurieAnita1) June 7, 2020
Mark Wahlberg so we do not let people change from when they was 14 years old now we are that bad as a society? He was convicted at 16 charged at 14 and dedicated his life to changing. pic.twitter.com/tIMp7DQ1Uf
— TheHenji (@TheHenji) June 7, 2020
So… Mark Wahlberg did terrible things in his past, changed for the better and is now being cancelled by Twitter.
Typical Sunday on this dumpster fire of a website pic.twitter.com/AgNUHsRhv6
— Matt Jarbo (@mjarbo) June 7, 2020