PUBLIC OPINION > Mark Wahlberg's 9/11 Comment Was No Big Deal
SodaHead Celebs 2012/01/19 22:13:21
You may or may not know that actor Mark Wahlberg was scheduled to be on United 93, the hijacked flight the went down over Pennsylvania on September 11, 2001 -- the flight passengers bravely fought on, and died in, to prevent another terrorist attack. Would things have been different if the "Three Kings" star had been on the flight? Marky Mark thinks so. When Men's Journal asked him about the tragic day, he explained that he would have drawn blood in the cabin and gotten those passengers home safe. However, some have taken his statement as something of a one-up on the victims who tried to do the same. We asked SodaHeads if the statement was in poor taste.
Was Mark Wahlberg's 9/11 Comment Insensitive?
55% Let It Slip
It might have been a little presumptuous, but the majority of respondents didn't take offense to Wahlberg's comment. Some even admired it. The Top Opinion read, "Anything but insensitive. Only manly and full of awesome. Awesome like Wahlberg always is." But the vote was far from unanimous. Critics are accusing him of confusing reality with his film career. One commenter wrote, "Someone's a little confused with the difference between an action movie and reality. Does he really think no one else would have done the same if they could have? Life doesn't work like that."
Men Are More Offended
Who says women are the sensitive ones? Maybe it just depends on the topic. Men were 10% more likely than women to find Wahlberg's comment insensitive. Male comments were also a bit harsher than female comments, using words like "ignorant," "mindless," and a few others we'll leave to your imagination.
Teens Tolerate the Comment
Younger voters were significantly less bothered by the comments. The majority of voters over 45 were offended, but as voters got younger they were more accepting. By the time it got to the teens, only 14% thought it was insensitive. And that makes sense, because some of them wouldn't even remember the day, but even voters in their 30s let Wahlberg off the hook.
Homosexuals Won't Have It
We're not sure how sexual orientation plays into all this, but homosexual voters were far more likely to find Wahlberg's comments insensitive -- 88% compared to 43% of straight voters. That's more than double. Bisexual voters, on the other hand, were even less offended than straight voters.
If you'd like to vote on this question, dig deeper into the demographics, or engage in existing discussion about the topic, visit our original poll about Mark Wahlberg. We'd love to hear from you!
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