Hate Crimes of Mark Wahlberg

Updated on April 19, 2016
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Mark Wahlberg, star of Boogie Nights, Planet of the Apes, and Pain and Gain and former pop music singer for Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.
Mark Wahlberg, star of Boogie Nights, Planet of the Apes, and Pain and Gain and former pop music singer for Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch. | Source

I was a bit shocked when I stumbled on this information while surfing the Internet. What happened was a bit unimaginable and beyond my own comprehension. I can honestly say that I have never had the thought or the urge to commit a racially-motivated violent and brutal attack on another human being. Hey, that's just me.

So, I was quite struck with dismay and shock when I read that super-star Mark Wahlberg had done such a thing, something so full of disregard, hate, and complete brutality.

Therefore, I was moved to write about it. Honestly, my motivation was partly anger: I remembered being bullied by racist kids when I was a child. And I had as many reasons to do bad things when I was a child too, but never even dreamed of doing what Mark Wahlberg had done; I grew up poor, raised by a neglectful single mother, in a violent neighborhood. Yet, I never did, nor ever wanted to attack anyone and most of all not for any racial reasons.

We will look at what it was exactly that Mark Wahlberg did back in his youth, who his victims were and the damage he did to them, and what was the outcome and his response to his own actions.

The Hate Crimes

The first incident occurred when Mark Wahlberg was 15 years old. He had already been hooked on cocaine and other drugs since the beginning of his teens. I imagine it is a time in a person's life when he is energetic and mischievous. Though, I have to wonder about the extremity of Mark's crimes at this age.

The assault occurred over a period of two days. Mark and his gang seemed a bit transfixed on attacking a group of black school children whom they stalked and attacked verbally and physically. On June 15, 1986 Mark and three other teenagers approached 12-year-old Jesse Coleman and his older brother and sister as they were walking home. The group chased the group of black school children on their bikes; one of the assailants told the children, "We don't like black ni--ers in the area so get the f--k away from the area!"

The group continued to chase the children on their mopeds, yelling, "Kill the ni--ers! Kill the ni--ers!" Each one of Mark's little gang threw rocks at their victims. By the time the children reached Burger King, Mark and the rest of the bullies turned and left; I'm assuming they didn't want their actions witnessed in a business area where they'd easily be spotted.

The next day, while Jesse Coleman was on a field trip to the beach with his class, Mark and his gang followed the group to the beach. As the group was returning from the field trip, Mark's group began yelling racial slurs at the children; Mark and his friends summoned more to join him and they threw rocks at the children, one hitting a black girl and another hitting a white girl. The teacher was able to get an ambulance there and the attackers ran away.

Nearly two years later, on April 8, 1988, Mark decided to turn his hatred towards Asians. Thanh Lam, while carrying two cases of beer from his car to his home, was struck by a large wooden stick wielded by Mark Wahlberg; Mark, at this time, called Thanh a "Vietnam fu--ing sh-t!" The blow knocked the man out.

Mark and two others left the scene. Mark then ran into another Vietnamese man named Hoa Trinh; at first asking the man for help in hiding from the police, when police came along, Wahlberg punched the man in the eye, knocking him to the ground; Trinh ended up losing that eye.

While in police custody, Mark continued to refer to "Slant-eyed g--ks" and other such slurs.

All of this is a matter of public record and Wahlberg admits to these incidents openly. For the last crime, Wahlberg was sentenced to two years in prison, but served 45 days and was released.

Mark has attempted to repent for his past behavior.
Mark has attempted to repent for his past behavior. | Source

Mark Wahlberg Repents

Like many people who have committed horrendous acts in the past, Mark has attempted to repent. He has taken that lame and over-done route of "finding God" and going to church, and has also started a charity foundation that helps at-risk youth.

It seems in his youth, Mark was helped by a neighborhood Catholic priest and the Boys and Girls Club to clean up his act. While the Boys and Girls Club was not too effective, they had to ban him from the club back in the day, the priest has remained friends with Mark since his youth. Mark has contributed money to the parish.

Well, if he needs to convince himself that he's a good person, or needs the aid of religion to do the right thing, I guess a person needs to do what they need to do. But all it really takes is a little bit of honesty, no need for all the fluff.

What Do You Think of Mark's Past Hate Crimes?

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While I have to wonder what was behind such hatred and cruelty, the fact remains that the crimes Mark Wahlberg committed occurred when he was a foolish youth, in a rough neighborhood, while he was hooked on hard drugs. Many of us in our youth make major errors, it is a time when we are at the peak of confusion and still learning hard lessons. Repentant or not, Mark's violent behavior is in the past.

Mark Wahlberg at the premier of The Shooter.
Mark Wahlberg at the premier of The Shooter. | Source

Mark's Hate Crimes

June 15, 1986
Jesse Coleman and his brother and sister and by-standers, attacked due to being black
Stalked, verbally attacked and threatened victims and threw rocks which struck victims
April 8, 1988
Thanh Lam and Hoa Trinh, attacked due to being Vietnamese
Victim called racial slurs and struck with heavy stick and knocked out. Other victim punched in the eye and lost eye due to attack.

Update | December 18, 2014

I thought I'd give an update here because a couple of things have happened recently related to these past hate crimes committed by Wahlberg. He has formally applied to the Massachusetts Board of Pardons to be pardoned for his 1988 conviction for the assault of the two Vietnamese men. Of course, there are people on both sides, some on his side and some who don't think he should be pardoned. However, he states that he has made something better of himself and wants to serve as an example that no matter what your life is like and what you've done, you can change.

Interestingly, one of his victims, Hoa Trinh, has come out and forgiven him. He says, basically, that we can make mistakes and be reckless in our youth and, for him, it's all in the past. He also states that Mark didn't put out his eye, he actually lost his eye in the Vietnam War. He also hadn't even been aware who it was who assaulted him; he didn't know it was someone who's become a major celebrity now.

There are indeed compelling arguments against Mark getting a pardon; one being that it doesn't really help his case of wanting to be an inspiration to youth. In fact, letting the conviction stand is better testimony about his mistake and that he's moved on from it. And many agree that Mark never handled his misdeeds well.

Still his victim, Mr. Trinh, has forgiven him and comes forth with great understanding and, in fact, compassion. Quite ironic.

But it gets better. Turns out Mark's people have contacted Mr. Trinh and Mark intends to meet with him. Looks like there is still time to make amends yet. It will be interesting to see how it unfolds.

Update | January 15, 2015

Well, we didn't have to wait long for this story to unfold. The prosecutor that worked to convict Wahlberg of his 1988 crime against the Vietnamese men has come out against giving him a pardon. Judith Beals, the attorney, is very accurate in stating that Wahlberg never really admitted publicly that what he committed in the late 80s were hate crimes and, in fact, a series of them. Like quite the bad habit. There is much missing in his mishandling of this issue. Even his request for the pardon makes it sound like his crime was an isolated incident, which, as you know, was not. He also makes no mention of the racial aspect of the incident.

I'd agree with Beals that a pardon sends a wrong message. If we are to pardon Wahlberg, then there's a long list of people that should be pardoned. Why him?

Of course, it should be mentioned, for one thing Mark mentioned it in his request for a pardon, that he is trying to get a concessionaire's license for his restaurants. Looks like that conviction could interfere with him getting that license. Seems when he finally takes action on this hate crime issue, it's still kind of all about him.

Update January 21, 2015 | Other Victim Not So Forgiving

It's been reported that a victim from the 1986 hate crime Wahlberg committed, for which he had received a civil rights injunction, does not think he should be forgiven and pardoned. She says he's still a racist and his crime was a hate crime and the conviction should stand.

Her name is Kristyn Atwood, now 38, and she was among the kids who had rocks thrown at them in '86 while Mark also hurled threats and the N-word. She was hit by one of the rocks.

However, the teacher who was with the kids at the time, Mary Belmonte, while admitting the incident was terrifying and horrific, has taken a sympathetic stance with Wahlberg, believing he should be forgiven.

Looks like this isn't over yet.

Update February 3, 2015 | Former Bodyguard Against Pardon

The list of people who do not want to see Wahlberg get the pardon for hate crimes he committed in the 1980s is ever-growing, it seems. His former bodyguard who used to be a part of his entourage had sued Wahlberg for an incident in 2001 in which he claims that Wahlberg punched him and bit his arm. According to Leonard Taylor, the bodyguard, Mark runs hot and cold and will be happy with you one minute and giving you the evil eye the next. He thinks Wahlberg really hasn't changed.

Speaking of entourage, made me think of the incident in which Wahlberg and his entourage got into a brawl with Madonna's entourage, which occurred close to the time he was in hot water for giving a guy a brutal beatdown at a Boston park back in the early 1990s.

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        Chad 4 weeks ago

        You think asking god for forgiveness is lame? Who in there right mind would print this crap you call a story? The man is trying to make right for past. Your human and I do understand we all make mistakes. Only question left will you try to make this right or are you to proud to admit were you went wrong?

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        Terry Pruitt 5 weeks ago

        So reelrundown Post what people want to hear not what they need to hear.i hear people saying get over it.It was a long time ago what about the people he hurt that is something that will be with them the rest of there life.he needs to do the right thing and reelrundown needs to do the right thing to.

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        Terry Pruitt 5 weeks ago

        Mark has been one of my favorite actor i spend a lot of money on his movies and to find out that he is a racist breaks my heart i am an American from african decideds . It doesn't matter if he was in his youth or that he was on drugs the fact is that he had a choice to use drugs and make him do that no one put a gun to his head and made him use he needs to make it right with the human beings that he hurt not donate money to a church that the victims will never see.that is a bunch of bullshit and anybody with there hearts in the right place knows that.

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        A.D. 2 months ago

        I grew up in N.Y. and moved to new England 7 yrs ago. Go to Boston every sat from nh cuz my gf is from boston. Never knew how racist new England was till I moved here. I can definitely tell you why he's a racist. Tons of racism in new england. I haven't dealt with racism like this ever. My gf is Italian and I'm Asian. A couple walking by in boston told us to stay with our own race lol. Almost murdered him. Never heard stuff like that in N.Y. or any big city I've been in. I deal with racist people in mass nh maine all the time. And I'm 40 yrs old. Had to deal with it when i was younger in ny but most grew out like him. Really sad. Mark might have changed but most kids don't do hate crimes either so hell no he shouldn't be pardoned. If i assault a kid at 15 do i get pardoned? He's not sorry at all he's sorry he's got a record. You can tell he doesn't really care about those people. He's just a closet racist now. I'm ok with racist people as long as you keep it to yourself and don't treat me diff. To all the people who think he should be pardoned, let some kids beat your kids and call them racist names by a diff race. Then well tell you to forget about charging them cuz someday they'll change so it's pointless to charge them. Marks doing fine with his life. He doesn't get a pardon cuz he's famous now. I'll tell you I'm scared from all the racism i dealt with in my life. You think those people arent hurt and scared for life? He's needs to shut up and move on. I loved to to say it to his face. I fought my way through 32 fights and he can be 33.

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        P Toms 2 months ago

        It is sad that he made these mistakes. I dunno and it is possible that he is truly sorry....

        Regardless of what he does or does not feel, The crime was comitted.

        IMO hitting somone with a deadly weapon is attempted murder, getting out in 45 days is not considerd paying you’re debt to society. He got off easy

        To pardon the man of crimes that were committed beyond a reasonable doubt... That would set a double standard.

        Lots of folks are in prison for a long time for doing a hell of alot less... Should we start issuing mass pardons to criminals?

        Marky needs to suck it up and move on, just like the other folks who have made mistakes in the past have had to do.

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        CM McLean 2 months ago

        Pardon him and get over it. It was a long time ago when he was just a teen. You can't judge who someone is when they are 30+ years old by something they did when they were 15 years old. That's like calling a 35 year old man a rapist because he grabbed a girls boob without permission once when he was 15. The crimes he commited when he was an irresponsible teen trying to look and act tough in front of his friends does not determine who is now. The only people that don't want him pardoned are the people that think they are automatically a victim because they're not white and people like him are automatically the problem because he is white. It's time to let go of the hate people.

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        Bgirl 3 months ago

        Using celebrity status to nullify racist and violent acts is wrong. Truth finds it’s way out. No, he has changed. He finds clever ways to hide his abuse. The man needs help to finding peace.

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        Jon 7 months ago

        Wahlberg hasn't changed, how much money from his Boston, self serving, marathon movie did he donate to victims?? It should have been all proceeds. He's still getting off on the pain and suffering of people he sees as others. I had been a fan until his again self serving attempt to White wash his reputation. I wonder has he politiced amnesty for anyone else anywhere in his life?????

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        me 7 months ago

        there are 2 sides to every story

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        Stace 13 months ago

        Get over yourself. It was years ago. He's done more good for the world then all you haters combined.

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        Donna 14 months ago

        I think Mark Wahlberg should be pardoned. The acts he committed was,in his youth and I believe he has since has changed and is contrite about his then actions. We all make mistakes,but the problem is if you didn't learn from your mistakes and repeat them. I think Mr.Wahlberg has changed and paid his debts to society.

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        Sam Houston 15 months ago

        No pardon for Mark Wahlberg. These hate crimes need to stop!

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        Angeleno 15 months ago

        It is so cliché to say he was young and it was a long time ago. I don't know about you, but I too was a stupid kid once and did stupid things. But I never stalked, terrified, and attacked little black kids or violently attacked innocent strangers (twice in 1 day) and cause great bodily harm while spewing racist hatred. This is what is often called a pattern of behavior or the a reflection of a person's true nature.

        What is doubly shocking is that he came forward with this over 25 yrs later seeking a pardon for his violent hate crimes mainly for the sole purpose of getting a concessionaires license. Does not sound like a repentant man seeking forgiveness and redemption. Sounds more like someone trying to branch out and cash in on the recent successes of cooking shows and mega celebrity chefs. I do recall hearing/reading about how vicious and violent mark wahlberg was during the 1990s and 2000s when he was in a boyband/hip hop group. To sum things up, I've known evil racists who wouldn't resort to such violence as mark wahlberg. Wahlberg, to me, seems remorseless. Like the sociopath racist he probably was then and likely still is today. That type of violent criminal behavior is FAR from normal.

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        MrGeorge 16 months ago

        This disgusting "man" is obviously not sorry. If he really was, why didn't he ask for forgiveness years ago? Sickening.

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        Jody Kelly 16 months ago

        You should interview mark I know facts are facts but that lame church and god thing teaches to forgive you may want to try that some time in the near future.

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        Anonymous 18 months ago

        Anti Social Personality. Anti Social personality....Great article and what is shocking is that the public is unaware of his actions. Obedience defiance disorder is what they call children/teens who commit crimes,not necessarily violent ones, lack empathy, blaming, manipulative then at age 18 (if behavior does not change) the diagnosis is anti social personality. It is difficult to read books and articles about this population . I am a parent who has a daughter with Obedience defiance disorder and I haunted every day with what ifs and denial. I am the reason she has it due to my addictions . As a parent, it is my responsibility and ethical duty to ensure that she focuses her "spirit" in productive direction and that it is clear that her action will have consequences so as to protect the people who interact with her. Talk therapy, cognitive therapy and the many approaches and a ton of in home services DID NOT WORK. What is amazing is that he has not been called out on it and with this personality disorder immediate consequences work.

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        joyo 2 years ago

        Drugs or no, people are accountable. He wants a pardon to own a gun...Anyone here trust this fool with a gun???

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        fernando 3 years ago

        he is racist

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        Ladyj 3 years ago

        Well the Vietnam man did State he didn't take his eye out that he lost it in the war, now as for Mark himself I do believe anyone can change, but before even knowing about him being a racist I saw him on the micheal and kelly show and for some reason I thought to myself that he can be a racist' it was all in his demeanor , so iam totally surprise to read an article about him being a racist wow!!! What a coincident . But I do believe in forgiveness, Jesus did it over and over again .

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        He hasn't changed 3 years ago

        The problem is Mark Wahlberg hasn't evolved from his racist teen years. As of 2001 (he was an adult and successful at this time), he used the N-word in anger (which was covered publicly) towards his former bodyguard, Jesse Matthew. Additionally, if Walhberg was truly sorry for his actions, he would have visited directly with the victims of his hate crimes and at least apologized personally or provided restitution (one man is permanently blinded from his actions).

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        dashingscorpio 3 years ago

        Every "sinner" has a future and every "saint" has a past!

        It's not uncommon for teens hooked on drugs living in poverty to strike out at the world whether be racism or criminal acts.

        What makes the human experience different for that of animal is we have the capability of (evolving). What we did yesterday doesn't have to become our way of life. We can change. I believe Mark Walberg did change.

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        DBarmak 3 years ago

        I'm not a fan of Mark Wahlberg. I think he comes off as kind of a tool. However, this article is just crucifying a man, a now family man for mistakes he made long ago. Let's also keep in mind these mistakes are ones hes publicly admited to not being proud.

        I'd just like to point out that Mark also has a thriving youth charity to help kid's nor make his San me mistakes. He also.supports Red Cross and St. Francis food pantry.

        Whatever the case maybe a saint has a past and sinner has future.

        My point is this was a yiung man acting out who managed to turn his life into something amazing. Ifcanything hes a wonderful role model. Again, though I do feel he's a bit of a tool.

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        Nathan Bernardo 3 years ago from California, United States of America

        That is both very interesting and surprising, that he's seeking a pardon for these crimes.

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        Texas 3 years ago

        So I find out about this fact about Mark a month ago and have been trying to inform others about this part of his past that he is evidently forgot.

        Today, he is asking the state of Massachusetts to pardon his 1988 assaults. He can ask for a pardon and most likely will get it since he is now a star; however, I personally believe that he needs to own up to his mistakes and do something about it. For one, seek these people out and help them. Secondly, actively get involve and be the spoke person for these type of crimes. He can do a whole lot more.


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        Texas 3 years ago

        Heard about this and can't see how a person can stop becoming a racist. At least seek out these people and help them. How does Mark feel if someone knock one of his eye out? Please help those people that he has victimized ... especially when he has the means to do it.

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        Nathan Bernardo 3 years ago from California, United States of America

        Thanks again, misterhollywood. I was very surprised when I first learned about this. Definitely provides a new perspective on his life.

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        John Hollywood 3 years ago from Hollywood, CA

        I had no idea of any of this. Very eye opening. Voted up!

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        Nathan Bernardo 3 years ago from California, United States of America

        I agree, dizzybee. Parents paying attention to their kids would make a world of difference. I truly feel it starts at home, in so many ways.

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        dizzybee 3 years ago

        I actually just found out about all of this. What he did to these individuals is atrocious. What do we do? I'm a single mom of an 11 year old. I can't grasp that my son could be capable of such actions without out any indication to me. In my humble opinion I feel parents need to step up. Be aware of what's going on with your kids. Being a working single mom I can't be with my son 24/7. I just try to find as much as we can to touch base - get a feel for what's going on with him. I guess what I'm trying to say is that being young is no excuse for what he did. Kids are a product of their environment - wake up parents.

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        JD 3 years ago

        Sandcastles, nah, he didn't do anything here in self-defence...just plain cowardice.

        In the incident with the guy losing the eye, Wahlberg was running from the cops. He ran up to the victim, who he didn't even know, and said, "police coming, police coming, let me hide." After the police car passed, Wahlberg hit the dude in the eye. Court documents freely available quotes Wahlberg as saying "slant-eyed gooks" and using a meathook that resulted in the loss of the guy's eye.

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        JD 3 years ago

        Here's my thought on the situation. If I had tore out another person's eye in an unprovoked, race-hate filled attack of violence, I would surely attempt to make amends if I was truly remorseful. This dude makes millions per year easily, says he has changed and sorry, yet has made no attempt to contact the person he brutally (AND UNPROVOKED) grieviously assaulted.

        When asked if he’d ever attempted to make amends to the man he’d blinded, Wahlberg replied in the negative, claiming “You have to go and ask for forgiveness and it wasn’t until I really started doing good and doing right by other people, as well as myself, that I started to feel that guilt go away. So I don’t have a problem going to sleep at night. I feel good when I wake up in the morning.”


        Just a question, though. Why are 3 brutal hate crimes ok for Wahlberg, but Paula Dean was burned at the stake for non-violent comments she made in her past?

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        Jamar Long 3 years ago

        Racist of any sort isn't right no matter the race.... I'm black N I hate 2 admit it, but I use 2 B racist to whites N Mexican ppl... Me N my friends use to bully them physically N mentally... many factors can contribute to how a person treats a different race, mine was mostly family related...

        I realized as I matured and got older that I shouldn't hate a certain race based on particular individuals of that group.... I learned to treat ppl as individuals for the good or bad that is done.... I now have several white friends N 2 main Mexican friends... I'm tryna get to the point that people can change, that's what life is about making specific changes in your life...

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        Nathan Bernardo 3 years ago from California, United States of America

        Hi, Jodah. Glad you stopped by. It is very true that people can learn from their mistakes and everyone makes mistakes. This is a very simple but very true fact. Mr. Wahlberg is right near middle-aged, seems he must be way past the mistakes of his adolescence.

        Hi, Ryan. It is definitely some very shocking but fascinating stuff. Glad you stopped by.

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        Ryan Fuller 3 years ago from Louisiana, USA

        Wow, I didn't know about any of this. I knew he got into a lot of trouble during his younger days. And I knew he had a lot of run ins with the cops but never knew any thing of this nature. Pretty interesting.

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        John Hansen 3 years ago from Queensland Australia

        Interesting hub Nate. I hadn't heard about these incidents in Mark Walberg's past but they are disturbing. People do make mistakes when they are young and stupid and often fueled by peer pressure. In this case also drugs. People can also repent and change and be repulsed by their past actions, others just pretend but deep down still harbor hatred and prejudice. I reserve my opinion of MW for now. We have to see how he continues to act now he has children of his own. To me he seems like someone who would have a short fuse but is trying to control it.

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        CRG 3 years ago

        Because of this past I've never seen a film with him nor bought a single bit of his 'music'. It's no easier to forgive Michael Vick either. Both dirtbag douches who are way overpaid for relatively little talent. I'm sorry to see he has children, the world would have been better of if he hadn't procreated.

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        Eliza Lam 3 years ago

        So sick of the excuses made for racist white people! "He was young he doesn't know better. She's old and of another generation." All of that is BS. Oh @ Sam Gravano imagine the hate "blacks" have towards white people for slavery, jim crow etc and how about the Natives your people did this thing called genocide? Now they are pushes on reservations if you didn't know. But you have hatred to "blacks" for beating people up. Ok

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        Nathan Bernardo 3 years ago from California, United States of America

        John: I do know back in the early 90s, Mark and his entourage got into a fracas with Madonna's entourage and Mark called one of Madonna's group a homophobic slur. And he was adamant about not wanting to be in Brokeback Mountain. He's made statements, in the past, that indicate homophobia.

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        john 3 years ago

        Mark Wahlberg used to be a gaybasher. Does anyone know how badly he beat gay guys up? Did he ever leave someone for dead?

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        Nathan Bernardo 3 years ago from California, United States of America

        I think he should have too, Viet Nguyen. But I don't think he ever compensated his victims.

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        Viet Nguyen 3 years ago

        I hope he compensated well for Hoa Trinh who lost an eye.

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        Ed 4 years ago

        He's a certified Douchebag.

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        Nathan Bernardo 4 years ago from California, United States of America

        That's exactly how I feel, Tina. People are selective and prejudice about who is forgivable and valuable; there are plenty of people who want to forgive Mark but not others. It all seems to depend on whether they value the victims or not and whether the victimizer fits the image of someone they consider valuable.

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        tina2121 4 years ago

        Mark is a horrible human being. Why do we support him by watching his movies. It's funny how everyone is so quick to forgive him but Michael Vick can't be forgiven.

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        Tigermom4rl 4 years ago

        When someone can admit his /her mistakes, learned from them and makes a difference, it says a lot . The past cannot be erased or forgotten but, it can be forgiven. Let's move on to the PRESENT

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        Nathan Bernardo 4 years ago from California, United States of America

        Hate creates hate, no doubt about that, Sam. It can't create anything good.

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        Sam Gravano 4 years ago

        When I was in high school in the 60's, groups of blacks would attack whites in bathrooms, gym, parking lots. I held much hatred for blacks until I was in my 40's.

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        4 years ago

        I hate this guy

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        Nathan Bernardo 4 years ago from California, United States of America

        Yes, George, it's all in the past and we all make mistakes; seems especially in our youth. Yes, I tried to present the facts, mainly, and show that he does do good things for the community. Thanks for stopping by and sharing your thoughts.

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        GH Price 4 years ago from Texas

        I've never heard of these incidents - if I had, I may not be the Mark Wahlberg fan I am today.

        We've all done dumb stuff, though not likely on this kind of scale. His fame is unfortunate in that it magnifies the things he's done in his past. These days, he's done a lot of good for people who really needed it. I hope the violence is behind him and I also hope he's made amends with those whom he hurt.

        I'm glad you didn't present these facts in a sensationalist way and gave information that shows he's not totally a terrible bad guy these days.

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        Nathan Bernardo 4 years ago from California, United States of America

        Yes SandCastles we make mistakes and we learn. A person can change in a split second. We can't hold anything against anyone forever, or at all, especially when they see what did and stop doing it. As I pointed out, he was a kid and it was a long time ago he did those things.

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        SandCastles 4 years ago

        I could see a person being haunted for life for hitting someone and making them lose their eye. I take it, Mark didn't hit the man in self-defense. Mark did some terrible things when he was younger (13-21 years old). People can change though. I think Mark changed. Some people do turn to God and change and it isn't an excuse or a way to hide.

        Mark never blamed his parents or his upbringing for his deplorable behaviour which is unusual; a lot of people blame or deny or they just downright lie. And it is typical for violent people to never stop being violent. They just find new victims.

        I grew up in a violent neighbourhood and I grew up with violence all around me.