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The case for keeping Mark Wahlberg far, far away from any movie about the Marathon bombings

Eileen McNamara argues that "Dorchester’s most famous former racist thug" is the last person who should direct a movie about the bombings and that Ed Davis should have resisted the urge to get involved.

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a column written by Eileen McNamara about Mark Wahlberg...double disinterest.

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Please continue to keep us updated on all the things you're so not interested in that you need to write about it.

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welcome.

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welcome.

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It's almost as bad as Howie Carr's racist filled screeds about what a Muslim lowlife Tsarnaev is, though his business partner and killer of women and children John Martorano is a "stand up guy".

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he was standing while killing his victims.

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Isn't Tsarnaev white?

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You can't possibly get any more "Caucasian" than someone from the Caucasus.

Which doesn't, of course, mean that Howie's screeds aren't racist in motivation and intent, as he paints all followers of Allah with a broad brown brush.

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to free 25 million Iraqi's. Now we have to nuke them because they're Islamic extrerists.

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but think the Kennedy's are religious icons deserving of sainthood.

Hey Ellen, worry about the People Rep of Cambridge.

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Why are you defending someone who yelled racist epitaphs at black children and beat up vietnamese neighbors?

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That was just method acting.

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Well, he may have wished them dead, but he didn't kill them.

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Qualifies as an epigram.

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In a very different time, in a very different Boston. Whites and blacks are equally to blame for the BS of the period. I'v been singled out because im white more than a few times, i don't hate black people or Boston.

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Equally to blame? I think you suffer from some serious myopia.

South Boston, 1974:
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You couldn't try walking through Grove Hall back then. Racial tension was inflamed everywhere, not just Southie.

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... perpetuated the segregation and inequalities that everyone knew were going to result in losing a court case like every other city lost?

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The majority of low income family's sending their kids to BPS today are still losing. However a great deal of that has to do with the lack of family involvement in the child's education.

BPS isn't bad, but you have to fight like hell as a parent.

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Cops could. What color were they back then?

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Painfully not from here, nor do you know what you're talking about.

At age 14 were people hurling bricks at your bus or did daddy drive you to school? Regardless of race, because both black and white kids experienced the same crap. I'll tell you from experience, it was f'n horrifying.

At that age I alredy had my childhood friends as did other kids and not fully understanding why adults were making us kids into the victims was scary as hell. Never mind being ship off to a place that seemed foreign at that time.

And if you really want to look at Bostons history black, Italian, Irish and the polish were all treated like scum.

You're trying to post a single picture and group all of Bostons negative past into one post.

Enjoy your trust fund!

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My point is in response to blaming both blacks and white equally for past racism in Boston. That's simply ridiculous. Your response, I don't quite understand.

At age 14, I rode the bus, if you must know. My dad was already on the way to work, and my mom too. I was born in Allston, but I suppose since my parents aren't from here, I must be painfully not from here. My parents were also Vietnamese refugees, so I'm also painfully well acquainted with the terror that Mr Wahlberg and his ilk must have been instilling in their victims back then.

No one threw bricks at the bus, but I did witness a large brawl once in the middle of the street. They were beating up a black guy. The bus drove on. It was tough times, even in the 80s and early 90s.

I posted the picture of the sign because it was the easiest thing I could find to show the open attitude of some of the white neighborhoods in Boston at the time, and the entrenched political structure. It was mostly white.

I'm sorry if the interpretation of the photo wasn't clear. I will enjoy that imaginary trust fund.

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that the rocks and other projectiles thrown by whites, including the racial epitaphs screamed at black kids in school buses had anything to do with the tension?

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Wegler.

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Wegler.

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Poor Marky Mark is having a hard time sweeping his hate crimes under the rug. Is there no justice in this world???

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oh, yeah, right..."equally to blame"...

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I was calling her a hypocrite!

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Its sad that Davis is exploiting the bombings as a chance for him to hang out with celebrities. The police and other government officials should not trivialize their work with cameos in entertainment. And I agree that a racist thug who helped give Boston a bad name should not be the one glamorizing the bombings to make money.

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Davis was a blow-in from Lowell who never wore the Boston Police uniform. His police career died with Menino.

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The fact that Davis is universally hated within the BPD speaks volumes about the man.

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As opposed to all the police brass who live even further from Boston than this?

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Name one person working for Boston Police who lives more than 30 miles from Boston. Take as much time as you need to count to zero.

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Lowell isn't even 30 miles from Boston.

Right?

I guess it doesn't count if you head far enough south. Marshfield and Scituate are actually further away than Lowell.

According to the Globe, more than half of the top BPD leaders don't live in Boston: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/07/05/boston-residency-rule-for-ci...

Data: http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/07/05/boston-residency-rule-for-ci...

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Mayah Mahty's on the case!!!

“There seem to be so many exclusions and rules. There is no real pattern to residency that we can actually come up with.” Walsh said. “My responsibility as mayor of the city is to get [the residency law] under control and come up with a policy that people will understand and follow.”

That's bullshit for "Fuck you and anyone else who thinks I'm going to change this and space saving".

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Do you have an example?

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The BPD uniforms I've seen in my cousin's neighborood in Marshfield?

But actual data is even better! http://www.bostonglobe.com/metro/2014/07/05/boston-residency-rule-for-ci...

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n/t

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acting in an official capacity as an employee of the City. So why is he allowed to sell the "rights" to what is really work product for the CIty to CBS Films to score a big profit for himself?

Not to mention that the idea that we "need" a movie about the Marathon bombings, especially so soon after the tragedy, is so patently insulting it's pathetic.

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Mark "I would have prevented 9/11" Wahlburg is great at being unintentionally comedic and awful at acting dramatically.

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He does a pretty good angry thug. A good director can sometimes use such a performance. The Departed comes to mind.

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Wahlberg's a moron and not really that good of an actor, but with the proper director that can make use of his limited range, he can make a good movie.

I cite Boogie Nights and Three Kings as examples.

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That idiotic statement about preventing the hijacking and landing the plane was an insult to the people who died on that plane. He is a smart businessman but speaks without thinking.

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with his man-panties

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While it is true that Mark did a terrible thing when he was a teen he paid his due and went to jail for the crime. He also turned his life around and has helped spearhead Boston as a place to do movies ... Make reality shows (3) and invest in business. He has also done lots of charity work for Daniel Marr Boys & Girls Club, Wouned Warriors. All translates into good paying jobs for the local community. So he has certainly given back to our community as has his family. I go to his movies to support a homeboy. So haters gonna hate but good luck to him in the movie. It is inevitable it may as well be. Local who does it. OFD peace & Happy Easter to all!

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Walburglar or not.

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Too. Soon.

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Mark Wahlberg has far more in common with the average 'oppressed' person 'of color' than 99% of white so-called 'progressive' (and many so called 'progressive' non-whites). I'm quite sure if he were non-white (or even white, but from a more acceptable socioeconomic background and education), these same 'progressives' would be saying people should forgive and cut him slack.

I have no opinion of Wahlberg as a person today, I don't know the man. He seems to be a reasonably responsible, high functioning adult, who gives back to society. But this whole thing definitely strikes ne tge wrong way.

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...your first sentence is very much an opinion of the dude...this is like saying "no pun intended" when the intention was there from the start. and I think you're assuming a level playing field when it comes to black/white slack and opportunity. but this is just my stupid opinion.

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Getting away with slack is far more a SOCIOECONOMIC thing vs race. A poor or so called working class white has no more 'slack' ability vs comparable socalled person of color.

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Based on my certainty that you are not a "socalled person of color."

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There's plenty of things I can find not to like about Mark Wahlburg, but it's pretty Stasi-like to suggest that certain directors/producers should only be allowed to present on certain subjects and should be banned from producing work touching on others.

Don't see the movie, guys.

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