File this one under the category of “Stating the Obvious.” Still, it’s good to see that not all Hollywood types are as dumb as they look.
Hollywood actor Mark Wahlberg has a message for his fellow thespians: Stop talking politics.
The star of “Patriots Day,” an upcoming film on the Boston Marathon bombing, sat down with Task and Purpose to promote his work. The website, which is dedicated to issues of interest to veterans, asked him what he thought of Hollywood’s recent attempts to undercut Republican Donald Trump’s presidential campaign.
“A lot of celebrities did, do, and shouldn’t,” Mr. Wahlberg told the website. “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.”
The actor went on to say that although he is at ease navigating the entertainment industry and enjoying its perks, he still understands what it’s like “not to have all that.”
“I’m very aware of the real world,” he said. “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.”
It’s always been my view that anyone who wants to speak on politics issues should do so. But at the same time, a lot of these actors and muscians think that their word holds some kind of special power, when in my view, it actually turns a lot of people off. You saw countless celebs come out for Hillary Clinton during the presidential campaign. Jay-Z, Beyonce, Sarah Silverman, Lena Dunham, Katy Perry, Robert Downey Jr., Mark Ruffalo, Cher, Matt Damn, Robert DeNiro…the list of stars who backed Hillary goes on and on. And who did it end up helping? Certainly not Mrs. Clinton herself. She would have been much better served to buckle down and get back to the basics of campaigning, but instead she mostly did fundraisers and concerts with the people I just mentioned.
It ended up costing her big time. So sure, say what you want, Hollywood. But it’s like Mark Wahlberg says: No one really cares.