Mark Wahlberg Branded a Hypocrite Over His Hate Crimes During BLM
Updated: Jun 16
Actor Mark Wahlberg joins many celebrities in the "Black Lives Matter" movement. Wahlberg posted on his Instagram an image of the late George Floyd whose death at the hands of the police had kickstarted the BLM Movement this year. However despite Wahlberg seemingly virtuous intentions, many people have not forgotten his past offences and hate crimes.
But what were Wahlberg's crimes?
In June 1986, the then 15 year old Mark Wahlberg and three other friends had chased down three black children whilst shouting "Kill the Nigger" and throwing rocks at them. The following day Wahlberg and his friends had followed a group of mostly Black year four kids on a field trip to the beach (on of the schoolkids was his victim from the previous day), to attack them by hurling stones, shouting racial slurs at them and goading other white men in the area to join in. This was not the last of it.
In April 1988, 17 year old Mark Wahlberg was high on the drug PCP (street name: Angel Dust), he attacked a middle aged Vietnamese man knocking him unconcious with a large wooden stick whilst calling him a "Vietnam Fucking Shit". Later that same day Wahlberg attacked a second Vietnamese man, punching him in his blinded eye. When arrested a by the police and brought to the crime scenes, Mark Wahlberg reportedly stated "I'll tell you now that's the mother-fucker whose head I split open." Investigators also noted how Wahlberg "made numerous unsolicited racial statements about 'gooks' and 'slant-eyed gooks'".
What was Wahlberg charged with?
For the first attack, Wahlberg was found guilty of violating the civil rights of his victims, with a civil rights injunction being issued against him and two of his friends and the case settled the next month.
For the latter, Wahlberg was charged with attempted murder, but pleaded guilty to felony assault, claiming that he was intoxicated and that the attacks weren’t race related.
Due to his previous civil rights injunction prohibiting him from assaulting, threatening or intimidating anyone because of race or nationality, he was found to be in contempt of court and was sentenced to a two year prison sentence.
In the end, Wahlberg only served 45 days in prison of his two year sentence for attacking the Vietnamese men.
What has Wahlberg said about the Attacks?
In 2014, Wahlberg attempted to seek pardon for the second attack and have it wiped from his criminal record, saying that while his celebrity should “in no way, shape or form” be a reason to grant it, he hoped his recent actions would show that he had changed.
“I am deeply sorry for the actions that I took on the night of April 8, 1988, as well as for any lasting damage that I may have caused the victims,” Wahlberg wrote in his pardon application.
“Since that time, I have dedicated myself to becoming a better person and citizen so that I can be a role model to my children and others.”
He later dropped this request in 2016 and in a 2020 interview with The Guardian explained that he had “done the work” to make things right.
“I took it upon myself to own up to my mistakes and go against the grain and not be a part of the gang any more – to say that I was going to go and do my own thing,” he explained.
“It made it 10 times more difficult to walk from my home to the train station, to go to school, to go to work. But I also prided myself on doing the right thing and turning my life around … I would hope that people would be able to get a second chance in life.”
How Have His Victims Reacted?
In recent years, the actor’s victims have expressed differing opinions on whether Wahlberg should still be held accountable for his teenage actions.
Kristyn Atwood, one of the fourth-grade students Wahlberg attacked at the beach in 1986 told the Associated Press that she didn’t think he should be pardoned: “I don’t really care who he is. It doesn’t make him any exception.
“If you’re a racist, you’re always going to be a racist,” she continued. “And for him to want to erase it, I just think it’s wrong.”
Trinh, the second of the Vietnamese men attacked by Wahlberg holds a different opinion, claiming that he should be forgiven.
While it was reported that the actor had blinded Trinh in one eye when he punched him during the 1988 attack, the army veteran revealed in 2014 that he had actually lost his eye when a grenade exploded while serving for the South Vietnamese army in 1975.
Trinh explained to the Mail Online: “He was young and reckless but I forgive him now. Everyone deserves another chance. I would like to see him get a pardon. He should not have the crime hanging over him any longer.”