Normally, when I see a celebrity go on a political bender, my first reaction is that somebody should probably thump them in the forehead. My second reaction is to just tune them out, in disgust.
That being said, Mark Wahlberg just said something that makes so much sense, I had to give him a nod, here.
Wahlberg – formerly Marky Mark, of Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch/early 90’s white-boy rapper set – avoided becoming another Vanilla Ice by doing a series of modeling ads for Calvin Klein underwear, and then parlaying that into a successful acting career.
He starred as Marcus Luttrell in 2013’s “Lone Survivor,” the tale of the unsuccessful Navy SEALs counter-insurgent mission, Operation Red Wings.
In the quest to track down Taliban leader, Ahmad Shah, three of the four-man squad lost their lives, with only Luttrell living to tell the story.
Wahlberg has upped his stock in my eyes, by giving his thoughts on celebrities who would use their status to push their political ideology on the public.
“A lot of celebrities did, do, and shouldn’t,” Wahlberg said in an interview published this week on the military veterans news site Task & Purpose.
“You know, it just goes to show you that people aren’t listening to that anyway,” he added.
“They might buy your CD or watch your movie, but you don’t put food on their table. You don’t pay their bills. A lot of Hollywood is living in a bubble,” the 45-year-old “Patriots Day” actor said, according to the site.
“They’re pretty out of touch with the common person, the everyday guy out there providing for their family.”
“Me, I’m very aware of the real world,” said the Massachusetts native. “I come from the real world and I exist in the real world.”
“And although I can navigate Hollywood and I love the business and the opportunities it’s afforded me,” Wahlberg said. “I also understand what it’s like not to have all that.”
Do you notice what was missing here?
His opinion on the election or the candidates.
People like Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Susan Sarandon, and a host of annoying Hollywood leftists emerged from their cocoons to tell America why electing Hillary was the right thing to do.
For that matter, Scott Baio, Ted Nugent, and Stephen Baldwin were equally obnoxious in their support of Donald Trump.
This isn’t the same as doing a telethon to raise funds for world hunger or something meaningful that everyone can get behind.
These were people who don’t live the same lives as those they were lecturing, trying to influence an election, based on their personal worldviews.
Kudos to Wahlberg, both for his successes in his field, and for still maintaining the commonsense required to know that his opinions, though valid, are his own, and that his station in life does not make them worth more than the average Joe’s.