Mark Wahlberg's past came backmost to haunt him aft a societal media firestorm raged complete him presenting an grant to nan Asian formed of "Everything Everywhere All At Once" connected shape astatine nan 2023 Screen Actors Guild awards Sunday.
Images showed Wahlberg presenting Ke Huy Quan pinch nan Outstanding Performance by a Cast successful a Motion Picture grant for nan film, sowing nan seeds of nan outrage that looked backmost to nan actor's criminal past.
The 51-year-old prima was convicted of assaulting Vietnamese-American shopkeeper Johnny Trinh, on pinch different Vietnamese-American man successful 1988 erstwhile he was 16.
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Wahlberg punched Trinh successful nan oculus and knocked retired nan different pinch a woody stick.
Investigators astatine nan clip said Wahlberg utilized nan g-word group slur against East Asians and verbally mocked their oculus shape, according to nan U.K.'s Daily Mail.
Mark Wahlberg speaks onstage during nan 29th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards astatine Fairmont Century Plaza connected February 26, 2023, successful Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
Thirty-five years later, nan net wasn't truthful speedy to forget.
Bonnie Stiernberg, managing editor of Inside Hook, tweeted of Wahlberg's presence, "I gotta say, having Mark Wahlberg, who virtually went to jailhouse arsenic a teen for committing a dislike crime against a Vietnamese man, coming an grant to nan formed of Everything Everywhere All At Once was surely a choice."
Some pointed retired that Will Smith was not fixed nan opportunity to coming awards while Wahlberg was.
Matt Samet, an lawyer from California, tweeted, "REALLY absorbing that Will Smith wasn't invited to coming Best Actress while Mark Wahlberg is presenting nan ensemble grant to a movie pinch a predominantly Asian formed erstwhile he punched and hardly blinded a Vietnamese man…."
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(L-R) Mark Wahlberg presents Ke Huy Quan pinch nan Outstanding Performance by a Cast successful a Motion Picture grant for "Everything Everywhere All astatine Once" onstage during nan 29th Annual Screen Actors Guild Awards astatine Fairmont Century Plaza connected February 26, 2023, successful Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Kevin Winter/Getty Images)
"Will Smith ostracized while Mark Wahlberg get to coming an grant to an Asian cast," journalist and commentator Torraine Walker chimed in.
Ryan Aguirre, a publicist, sarcastically tweeted of nan incident, "Good for Mark Wahlberg, opinionated connected a shape pinch each those Asian group without assaulting immoderate of them."
Others defended Wahlberg, however, noting really he has changed since nan incident took spot and has since apologized for nan crime.
"People can't alteration from erstwhile they're teenagers?" 1 asked.
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Actor Mark Wahlberg offered to alert his unfortunate retired truthful he could apologize to him successful person, according to nan U.K.'s Daily Mail. (Nathan Congleton/NBC/NBCU Photo Bank via Getty Images)
Another, citing a abstracted Daily Mail study from 2014, wrote, "Wahlberg was 16 and high, nan unfortunate has forgiven him, and Wahlberg offered to alert nan unfortunate to Los Angeles truthful that he could apologize successful person. Also, nan unfortunate was not earnestly injured and was already blind. Really?"
Wahlberg said successful a 2016 question and reply pinch TheWrap that he was "relieved" to perceive that nan man's oculus coiled came from nan early 1970s alternatively of nan incident, adding, "I was capable to meet pinch him and his woman and his girl and apologize for those horrific acts. Some bully did travel retired of it."
Wahlberg has besides said he "made a batch of unspeakable mistakes" and had "paid for those mistakes dearly."
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