Mark Wahlberg Criticized for Presenting SAG Awards to ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ Cast

Wahlberg was arrested in 1988 for sexually assaulting two Vietnamese-American boys when he was 16 years old.

Mark Wahlberg couldn’t claw his way out of the slump for his appearance at the 2023 SAG Awards.

The old “Boogie Nights” gave the award to the artist. The talented actress hosted in Motion Pictures for the “Everything Everywhere All At Once” actresses at this year’s Screen Actors Guild Awards. on the 26th of February. The majority of players are Asian and Asian-American. He was highly favored to win the award.

Wahlberg was previously convicted of assaulting two Vietnamese-American men in 1988. Wahlberg, then 16 and allegedly high on PCP, struck Thanh Lam in the head and stick and punched Johnny Trinh in the face to steal alcohol. According to investigators, Wahlberg used racist language during the attack (via Rolling Stone).

Wahlberg was accused of beating Trinh until he lost sight in one of his eyes; however, those wounds were already there and existed in the 1970s before Trinh’s feud with Wahlberg. He was charged with attempted murder and sentenced to two years in prison for assault, but served only 45 days. He asked for a pardon in 2014 but finally dropped the request in 2016.

Wahlberg has not publicly commented on the SAG Award presentation to Michelle Yeoh, Jamie Lee Curtis, Stephanie Hsu, Ke Huy Quan, and the rest of the “Everything Everywhere All At Once” cast. “, but viewers are protesting the decision to have Wahlberg in attendance. primarily.

“It must have been a shock to Mark Wahlberg to see a bunch of Asians beating up white guys,” said journalist Jeff Yang. he wrote.

Reporter Bonnie Stiernberg tweeted“I have to say, having Mark Wahlberg, who actually went to prison as a teenager for a hate crime against a Vietnamese man, really gave the cast of ‘Everything Everywhere All At Once’ an award.” it’s a choice.”

Wahlberg previously told The Associated Press in 2014 that he was “sorry many times” for his past actions (via The New York Post).

“The first chance I got to apologize was in front of the court when the dust settled and I was arrested and taken away, confirming that I have paid my debts to the community and continue to try to do things that will correct errors. which I did,” said Wahlberg.

The “Go” actor later admitted that he regretted asking for forgiveness for the verdict.

“I don’t need that. I’ve been righting a wrong for 28 years,” Wahlberg told The Wrap following the 2016 Toronto Film Festival for his film “Deepwater Horizon,” adding, “I didn’t need a document to figure it out. . it. I was pushed to do it. I certainly don’t need or want to relive that thing.”

Wahlberg noted that he met with Trinh’s wife and daughter to “apologize for these bad actions,” concluding, “Some good came out of it.”

The “Transformers” star recently dedicated his career to “faith-based” activities and was defended by his “Arthur King” co-star Simu Liu. The “Barbie” actor deleted previous tweets criticizing Wahlberg’s efforts to apologize for the 1988 assault and took to Instagram to explain why he chose to work with Wahlberg so many years later.

Liu wrote in 2020 “I deleted some tweets I made about the past work of one of my subscribers as a sign of professionalism and opening the door to a deeper discussion and (hopefully) positive change,” Liu wrote he wrote in 2020. “In fact it will be. mm to go to work with that tweet still up. I mean what I said at the time; I was very angry to hear what happened. But this does not mean that I feeling there’s an opportunity to grow and to work together to be able to learn and do something good, which I’m excited to do other than filming. The discussion of progress will lead to discussion, and the discussion will lead to action.”

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