Celebrities say a lot of stupid things. That's not because they're an inherently stupid species, it's because celebrities are really just like everyone else except they're often given a platform that lets them share their thoughts with millions of people. And those thoughts aren't always worth sharing. Case-in-point Mark Wahlberg's recent comment to Men's Journal where the Contraband star tells the magazine that if he hadn't changed his flight plans on 9/11, he would have killed the terrorist hijackers and landed the plane safely.
On being scheduled to be on one of the planes that crashed into the World Trade Center
“If I was on that plane with my kids, it wouldn’t have went down like it did. There would have been a lot of blood in that first-class cabin and then me saying, ‘OK, we’re going to land somewhere safely, don’t worry.’”
Yes, he seriously said that, and no, it wasn't in response to a random hypothetical question. Wahlberg was indeed originally booked on one of the two planes that crashed into the twin towers, but he and his entourage decided to go to the Toronto International Film Festival instead of flying to L.A. as previously planned. And one of the worst tragedies in American history was apparently allowed to take place because of that.
Look, we all know that every alpha male around has had a conversation with his buddies at some point post-9/11 saying, most likely between sips of PBR, that they would have squashed those terrorists if they'd be on the plane. That kind of confident talk is understandable if you're shooting the breeze with your buddies, but to say it in a magazine interview while promoting your latest action movie is a whole different, uglier kind of machismo. And if that weren't bad enough, his word choice is particularly disrespectful to the victims who didn't have a film festival to go to instead that day. What Wahlberg is essentially saying is, "All those other people on that flight weren't as good as me. Unlike those chumps, I'd have soaked first class with their jihadist blood."
To be fair, we haven't read the entire Men's Journal interview, only this excerpt from their site. Maybe he goes on to talk about how the memory of what could have been still haunts him to this day and that he donated millions to 9/11 charities as penance. Or maybe not considering in the same interview he also talks about how he doesn't masturbate (was he originally supposed to play Bokeem Woodbine's character in The Big Hit?). Though, admittedly, that last topic is still somehow classier than his 9/11 comments.