The social media trolls sometimes bring out the most unruly memories especially for people in the entertainment industry. Forbes’ highest-grosser in Hollywood for the period of 2016-17, Mark Wahlberg was not spared either. When Wahlberg told the Chicago Tribune ahead of an event with Chicago Cardinal Blase Cupich church on Friday, October 20, 2017, that he hoped that the almighty is “a movie fan” and forgives him for his “poor choices” in the past, especially for the hit film of 1997, Boogie Nights, where he starred as Dirk Diggler from the porn industry of 1970s and 80s.
He also lamented his jail time during his teenage for having been a part of a racially motivated attack:
“I feel remorse when I’ve made mistakes,” he was quoted saying during the event. “If I could go back and change a lot of things that I did, I would,” he added. I look for ways to give back.”
But, the Twitteratis could not seem to have forgotten or forgiven him for the incident where he blinded a Vietnamese man in an act of racial bias.
I hope God forgives Mark Wahlberg for saying that he hopes God forgives him for “Boogie Nights.”
— Glenn Kenny (@Glenn__Kenny) October 24, 2017
Cool, hey also Mark Wahlberg is a convicted felon who committed multiple hate crimes so https://t.co/KO6dAT6I5N
— Joe Reid (@joereid) October 24, 2017
Mark Wahlberg: I hope God forgives me for ‘Boogie Nights’ – Fox News (and don’t forget your hate crime as a teen) https://t.co/F7OqdcJXL6
— Yesha (@YeshaCallahan) October 24, 2017
Do you care what God thinks about you beating a Vietnamese man with a stick until he lost his vision? @mark_wahlberg https://t.co/5hhSoWXS7e
— mike mulloy (@fakemikemulloy) October 24, 2017
Reports further suggest that while Wahlberg had asked for forgiveness for hitting Viatnamese men in 2014, but he eventually dropped the pardon request two years later.
He was also quoted telling The Tribune that his life and how he has turned it in his favour can be an inspiration to youths dealing with violent crimes in today’s day and age.
“It’s one thing to give money, or to start programs, but to be there and be able to talk to them, and tell them there is someone who has been through the same things they are going through and was able to turn their life around, and turn it into a big positive. That’s always important,” he said.
The Oscar-nominated Paul Thomas Anderson drama, Boogie Nights completed twenty years this year.
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