Mark Wahlberg slammed for presenting SAG to Asian cast as hate crime resurfaces

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Mark Wahlberg is being slammed for presenting a 2023 SAG Award to a predominantly Asian cast decades after brutally assaulting two Vietnamese American men.

Several critics took to social media to call out SAG-AFTRA, the labor union that puts on the awards show, for having the “Ted” actor hand out the trophy for Outstanding Performance by a Cast in a Motion Picture to the stars of “Everything Everywhere All at Once” Sunday.

“Mark Wahlberg was arrested for hate crimes. He’s racist. An Asian man lost his sight after Mark beat him and another Asian man to the brink of death. Having him present an award to ‘Everything Everywhere All at Once’ seems extremely sinister,” one person tweeted.

Mark Wahlberg at the 2023 SAG Awards.
Social media users called out Mark Wahlberg for presenting a SAG Award to the predominantly Asian cast of “Everything Everywhere All at Once.”
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“How ironic that Mark Wahlberg, who attacked Asians when he was a young man in Boston, announced the big winner of the #SAGAwards2023 : the mainly Asian American ensemble cast of #EverythingEverywhereAllAtOnce Wahlberg did not seem happy,” a second wrote.

“Good for Mark Wahlberg, standing on a stage with all those Asian people without assaulting any of them,” another quipped.

Mark Wahlberg presenting a SAG Award.
Wahlberg served time in jail for assaulting two Asian men in 1988.
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“I’m a @sagaftra member, and I am deeply disappointed by the @SAGawards decision to have Mark Wahlberg present an award that they had to know had a high chance of going to a mostly Asian cast. Incredibly poor taste, given his past crimes,” a fourth viewer wrote.

“REALLY interesting that Will Smith wasn’t invited to present Best Actress while Mark Wahlberg is presenting the ensemble award to a film with a predominantly Asian cast when he punched and nearly blinded a Vietnamese man,” another netizen noted, referencing the “Fresh Prince of Bel-Air” star being banned from awards shows after slapping Chris Rock onstage at the 2022 Oscars.

Some of Wahlberg’s fans defended the 51-year-old, saying he had committed the heinous crime in the ’80s and served time in jail for it.

“So everyone is reacting over Mark Wahlberg presenting an award to a film with a predominantly asian cast because of a crime he did over 30 years ago to an asian bec of his drug issues then served time and did peace with the offended party and turned his life around,” one person wrote in Wahlberg’s defense, adding, “Okay then.”

Mark Wahlberg presenting a SAG Award.
Many netizens called out the irony of allowing Wahlberg to present the award considering his past racist incidents.
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“Everything Everywhere All at Once” made SAGs history with a record four wins. The movie’s lead actress, Michelle Yeoh, also became the first Asian woman to take home Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.

Wahlberg’s appearance at the ceremony came nearly 35 years after he violently attacked two Asian men when he was 16.

Ke Huy Quan at the SAG Awards.
Ke Huy Quan, who won Outstanding Performance by a Male Actor in a Supporting Role, was just one cast member who took home an award.
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In April 1988, Wahlberg knocked a middle-aged Vietnamese American man unconscious with a stick and called him a “Vietnam f–king s–t.”

Later that same day, the “Transformers” star attacked a second Vietnamese American man by punching him in the eye. When police arrested him, he allegedly boasted, “I’ll tell you now, that’s the motherf–ker whose head I split open.”

He later claimed he was high on PCP at the time.

Michelle Yeoh at the SAG Awards with her co-stars.
Michelle Yeoh made history as the first Asian woman to take home Outstanding Performance by a Female Actor in a Leading Role.
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Wahlberg was charged with attempted murder and pleaded guilty to felony assault. He was sentenced to two years in jail but served only 45 days before being released.

The Oscar nominee doesn’t just have a history of racism against Asian people. He also hurled slurs at black children when he was 15 and threw rocks at them, resulting in a civil action that was settled in 1986.

In 2014, Wahlberg sought a pardon for his crimes, but the request was dropped a year later.

Mark Wahlberg with his family on a boat.
Wahlberg served 45 days in jail for his crimes.

This is not the first time Marky Mark’s legal issues have resurfaced.

After he posted about the “heartbreaking” murder of George Floyd in 2020 amid Black Lives Matter protests, his name trended on social media as people brought up his past racist actions.

Wahlberg’s rep did not immediately respond to Page Six’s request for comment.

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