Crossing Mark Wahlberg’s line
It occurred to me when I was writing today’s open about Chris Pratt and the Sexiest Man Alive that Mark Wahlberg has never been the Sexiest Man Alive. He’s a possibility, I guess. He’d probably be a popular one, for some. Not here though. Sorry. Marky Mark has never been my flavour. In fact, I actually find him objectionable. He was objectionable when he said that he was “creeped out” after being sent the script for Brokeback Mountain. He was objectionable when he blustered on about being able to take down terrorists on a plane. He was objectionable when he requested to be pardoned for assaulting people and shouting racial slurs at them when he was a teenager, reportedly motivated by the fact that he needs a clean record to pursue more business opportunities. And he’s objectionable in this new interview during which he’s asked about Justin Bieber.
JB, as you know, models Calvin Klein underwear now. And Marky Mark used to model CK underwear. And the two are friends. Mark gave JB his blessing when all of that went down. So JB sent him a shot from his campaign:
The 44-year-old actor has confessed he was shocked to receive a semi-nude photograph of the 21-year-old singer after he was unveiled as the face of Calvin Klein despite being good friends with the star.
Mark - who has also modelled for the underwear giant - said: ''He sent me a picture and I was like, 'Dude, don't send me a picture of you in your underwear. That's crossing the line. I don't need to see a picture of you in your underwear.''
The 'Ted' star added that while he accepts he might end up seeing Justin's Calvin Klein campaign, he is still going to try and avoid looking at his pal half-naked.
He told E! News: ''I'll probably see it when I'm driving down the street, and I'll still try to avoid it.''
Prejudice is insidious. It’s subtle. It’s often about tone. His f-cking tone. Like, what’s “the line” here? What exactly does that mean? And what’s been breached if it gets crossed? Marky Mark’s masculinity? Dude. We get it. You’re the all-time world champion at masculinity. Nobody’s f-cking questioning your old school masculinity. You and Michael Bay are the most MAN men ever. Is that the kind of man you find sexy?
Source (thanks Stacey!)
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