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In a recent interview with Track and Purpose magazine, Mark Wahlberg – the man who once said he could've stopped 9/11 had he been on the plane – said that celebrities should shut up about world affairs because they are "living in a bubble." Whereas he, in case you were wondering, "exists in the real world."

Passing comment on celebrities who have opened up about their political tendencies, Wahlberg described the average celebrity as "out of touch" due to their large pay packet (this dude is worth $200 million, FYI) and thus shouldn't publicize their standpoints.

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Here's what he said:

"A lot of celebrities did, do, and shouldn't [talk about politics]. You know, it just goes to show you that people aren't listening to that anyway. 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. They're pretty out of touch with the common person, the everyday guy out there providing for their family."

He then added:

"Me, I'm very aware of the real world. 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, I also understand what it's like not to have all that."

Mark Wahlberg's confused face in The Happening [Credit: Spyglass]
Mark Wahlberg's confused face in The Happening [Credit: Spyglass]

While I won't argue that a celebrity's salary does make it harder for them to relate — to borrow 's phrase — "with the common person," it's interesting that he suggests celebs should keep quiet when it comes to pretty important matters such as electing a fascist, for example, or speaking out against Hollywood's white-washing, and then continue to say that "people aren't listening anyway."

If people aren't listening, then why does it matter if a person, sorry, "celebrity" shares their view point? And since when did being a celebrity mean that you weren't allowed to share an opinion on the manner in which your country is run, or world affairs in general? And, if a celebrity isn't supposed to have a view nor comment on world affairs, then why is he sharing his?

Anyone got answers to these questions? Sound off in the comments!

Source: Task and Purpose


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