Many Wahlberg fans have been surprised to learn that he began his career as the rapper Marky Mark. His ability to play an everyman hero has impressed movie goers for decades. However, many are left confused at his recent petition to the Massachusetts governor’s office to be pardoned for a criminal conviction in 1988. As a young man, he was tried for the racial assault of a Vietnamese man during the robbery of a convenience store. Social media comments indicate a tide of negative reaction to the move. Some applaud his attempts to make recompense for his past – he has since been forgiven by his victim – but others are unimpressed by his methods, which seem too publicity oriented.
Phineas T. Barnum said, “There is no such thing as bad publicity,” and perhaps this will be the legacy of celebrities who always find themselves under a microscope. At least we find them interesting whether they are performing or just living their lives.