It's a trip for 80s kids to see what Mark Wahlberg has become. We grew up with Marky Mark, what's-his-face from New Kids on the Block's kid brother. He's become an incredible actor, whether he is getting high with a talking bear or playing heavy, dramatic roles.
He doesn't play the usual douchey-liberal Hollywood games
. And he's also not afraid to talk about his faith. It's a major no-no in Hollywood when it's one of the faiths centered around Jesus.
Wahlberg was on the
for Ash Wednesday where he admits having faith and even discussing religion is frowned upon in his line of work. But denying it is an even bigger sin.
On NBC, Mark Wahlberg on using his platform for sharing faith: "I don't wanna jam it down anybody's throat. But I do not deny my faith, that's an even bigger sin." He reminds us "God didn't come to save the saints, he came to save the sinners." Humility is key during Lent. 2/2
— Tim Graham (@TimJGraham)
February 22, 2023
It's pathetic that such uncontroversial comments stand out as notable when repeated on television. Especially on NBC News, which
has been su-doddly-ucking harder than usual lately
. But that's where we are. It's rare for an A-list actor not named Chris Pratt to speak openly about prayer and faith. "Openly" is the keyword.
On an episode of the Joe Rogan podcast,
Matthew McConaughey spoke to the fear and hypocrisy in Hollywood
: "I have had moments where I was on stage receiving an award in front of my peers in Hollywood, and there were people in the crowd that I have prayed with before dinners many times, and when I thanked God, I saw some of those people go to clap, but then notice that, 'bad thing on my resume' and then sit back on their hands."
Talking about how important faith is and acknowledging any of the Jesus bassed religions is frowned upon in Hollywood and rare to see coming through our television. That's why it's important for him to keep doing so.
Also, I know Wahlberg would prefer we forget it exists, but "Good Vibrations" still slaps. Don't act like you don't feel it feel it.