March 23, 2007, - 12:19 pm

Lies, Damn Lies & The Movies: “Shooter” Thug Mark Wahlberg Hates America, Defames Troops

By Debbie Schlussel
To update Mark Twain, there are lies, damn lies, and Hollywood movies.
The latest Hollywood offering starring “former” thug Mark Wahlberg–”Shooter“–is the epitome of that. It’s in theaters today and looks like a great movie, with all of its cool shooting and explosion scenes. On the contrary, it is anything but.
Aside from being a sad combo rip-off of “Enemy of the State” and “Rambo II,” this movie is a withering attack not just on the Bush Administration and our soldiers in Iraq, it is a flat-out attack on America with no basis in fact.

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Mark Wahlberg: Criminal Thug Has “Message” for America On-Screen, Off

The movie begins with a scene of genius Marine sharpshooter Bob Lee Swagger (Wahlberg) taking out Ethiopian soldiers a mile away with a single shot. He’s that good. But the American soldiers in what he believes is a legitimate military operation decide to cut and run and abandon him and deny his existence. Disgruntled, he retires from the military to a rustic mountain log cabin.
Then, the plot gets preposterous. A group of men–one of whom identifies himself as a Colonel (Danny Glover, not a word of whose dialogue you can decipher)–come to visit him and appeal to his patriotism. But for a smart guy, he sure is stupid.
The men tell Swagger that an “inside man” wants to assassinate the President in the next two weeks. They want him to plan his own assassination as a sharpshooter and report back to them on how it would be possible to kill the President, so they can prevent it (riiiiight). And they want him to go with them to the scene of the likely assassination scenario to help them “spot” the shooter. (Yeah, even more believable. NOT.) Without verifying who they are in the least, Swagger immediately agrees to participate.
And–surprise! surprise!–they frame him for an attempted assassination of the Commander in Chief. It’s not like I’m spoiling the movie for you. All of this is in the trailer. And any ninny with a base IQ would know this dude is being set up. Come on.
But what will actually spoil the movie for you are the stark, absurd political statements in the movie. In the end, these mysterious plotters–who are apparently a rogue CIA operation working with an overdramatic, corrupt U.S. Senator (but it’s never really clear who they are)–were really out to kill an Ethiopian Bishop who was going to speak out against American corruption.
You see, America has been raping, torturing, and mass-murdering whole Ethiopian villages for years. And we’ve been doing it all to get cheap oil. Aside from the fact that gas is yet again nearing post-$3 levels per gallon, the fact is that America hasn’t and doesn’t rape, torture, or mass-murder, ANYONE in Ethiopia . . . or even Africa. No, that would be the Muslim Arab government of Sudan, which was doing that to its own people, until they wiped out its Black Christian population, and is now doing the same to its Black Muslims.
But, hey, why tell the truth, when an absurd movie plot can frame and blame America instead? That’s so much more exciting, right?
Then there are the obnoxious statements riddled throughout this movie and even its . . . wardrobe?! Actor Mark Pena, playing an incompetent FBI agent, wears a Che Guevara T-shirt. Nothing like a side of Che chic to go with the main course of America-hatred.
Mark Wahlberg delivers several monologues against the country that made this accused attempted-murderer and drug dealer into a multi-millionaire and Academy Award Nominee, including dialogue like this:

This is a country where the Secretary of Defense can tell the entire country on TV that it’s about freedom, not oil. Because it’s all a big lie.

And this:

Abu Ghraib–We knew their [the few U.S. soldiers who participated)bosses knew.

And this:

We killed raped, tortured, and killed people for oil in Ethiopia.

Since he has a lot of lines against America’s presence in Iraq and the lack of WMDs, it’s clear Ethiopia is a proxy for Iraq in this movie.
And Wahlberg goes on and on and on and on about how America is a criminal country (and that’s beside the utterances of other characters about the conspiracy on the Grassy Knoll in the JFK assassination).
Well, here’s a little news (for anyone planning to see “Shooter”) on the identity of the real criminal:
Mark Wahlberg.
In 1988, Wahlberg, after a series of arrests (he’s an admitted car thief and drug dealer), attacked a Vietnamese immigrant. Respected news sources say he took the man’s eye out with a meathook, in order to steal his beer. But I can’t see the full details of his assault because Wahlberg–who was 17 and tried as an adult–had the records sealed, according to officials at Boston’s Suffolk County courthouse. The one court document that was mysteriously obtained by The Smoking Gun states that in the process, Wahlberg called the man a “Vietnam f-cking shit.” When police brought him to the victim to have him identified, Wahlberg responded:

You don’t have to let him identify me. I’ll tell you now that’s the mother-f-cker whose head I split open.

Wahlberg was charged with attempted murder and was sentenced to two years in the Massachusetts’ Deer Island House of Corrections. He served only 45 days.
Before that, in 1986, Wahlberg was convicted of assaulting a 12-year-old Black boy and his brother and sister near Wahlberg’s Dorchester neighborhood. Wahlberg and two friends chased them on bikes, through rocks at them, and told them:

We don’t like Black ni–ers in the area so get the f-ck away from the area.

While throwing the rocks, Wahlberg and friends yelled:

Kill the ni–er. Kill the ni–er.

A Black girl was hit by one of the rocks.
Wahlberg bragged to USA Weekend:

I was arrested so many times.

In another interview, he bragged that the number of arrests was in the teens or twenties.
And he bragged to ABC’s “Nightline” that he has never contacted the Vietnamese victim he mutilated or his other victims (to apologize or make things right) because he doesn’t feel he has to. He’s “made amends” by making a lot of money in successful pop music, modeling, and acting careers. He says he sleeps very well at night.
This is the kind of man who stars in a movie calling America a criminal nation and our generals and lesser-ranked soldiers criminals, rapists, and murderers for oil.
Wahlberg claims this movie

speaks to the sort of stuff we as a country are going through right now. I really wanted to make it.

Uh, no, it doesn’t speak to anything America has ever done or gone through, Mark. It’s fiction, unlike your criminal past.
Mark Wahlberg needs to stop delivering lectures to moviegoers about this great country that unfortunately gave so much to someone so undeserving–and unrepentant criminal thug.
Pot. Kettle. Black. Mark Wahlberg. “Shooter.” This is one Calvin Klein model you don’t want to emulate.
Skip this awful movie.

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33 Responses

The scum Hollywood Left feeds this kind of disgusting propaganda to all the brain-dead Lieberals and their ilk. They eat this garbage up to feed the demented monsters within their minds. Danny Glover is an enemy of freedom. He never met an anti-American dictator he didn’t like. The Left is a refuge for the ignorant and mentally diseased.

FreethinkerNY on March 23, 2007 at 1:40 pm

Having been to the Boston area for lenghty periods over the last 20 yrs I can vouch for what Debbie states here.
This reprobate is an unrepentant scumbag (pardon my language) & I pi$$ on his personna.I have NEVER nor will I EVER pay a dime to see his garbage.

billybob on March 23, 2007 at 2:20 pm

This is America. We don’t care how worthless a person is as long as we’re comfortable and entertained. Are there boobs and pretty explosions? Good enough for us. That’s how we roll here.

Stealthkix on March 23, 2007 at 2:34 pm

Shepard Smith on Fox’s Studio B and his guest just praised the movie. I think Fox has no right claiming they are “fair and balanced”. “Left and unaware” is more acurate.

the time is now on March 23, 2007 at 3:00 pm

Good. We got the real poop on this “movie star,” the former Marky Mark. For even more background try this link-
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mark_Wahlberg
Now who knows where we email to let them know we can put our “meat hook” into their pocketbook, until Marky atones with his very own moolah and good deeds.

Happiness Pursuer on March 23, 2007 at 3:46 pm

RE: Marky Mark’s background—sound like the All-Amerikkklan kid to me!!!
Kind of flies in the face of the so called UBERliberalist state of Massachucettes though…and reminds me of Malcolm’s UP NORTH saying. YOU PEOPLE are under the delusion that racism subscribes to a particular political party, ignorant of the fact that the backbone of the neo-con movement is the good ol’ Dixiecrat party.
As a kid they were STILL busing and busting heads in Boston, and as Howard Beach showed, NYC got more than a bit of Klan to it…hell, i remember a Klan rally on Rockaway Beach circa 1980.
Guess i’ll go see the Sandler movie this weekend.

EminemsRevenge on March 23, 2007 at 4:20 pm

Shooter is a typical mindless, but exciting actioner.
While I hold no truck with Wahlberg, the sad fact is that MANY Hollywood leading men had criminal pasts. Ironically, this is not well known, although one who was innocent–Roscoe “Fatty” Arbuckle–is never remembered as such.
True, also that Glover is a Leftist fool, but we should keep in mind that this is only entertainment. Whatever “protest” that you think you are mounting by not seeing this or that particular movie is pointless, since the majority of the American public do not know or care about the real lives of these stars. Thus, your action will have little impact, except maybe making you feel better.
If you are begrudging the stars their money and fame, save your negative vibes for the awful political class–and that includes both parties–most of whom really are scum, and who affect your lives far more than Hollywood talent.

Red Ryder on March 23, 2007 at 4:45 pm

The days of real men like James Cagney who took veterans into his home and helped them get jobs or Lew Ayres who saw extensive combat as a conscientious objector in WWII are over. My Army service fell in between conflicts but not a single Liberal ever said thanks for your sacrafice or was concerned whether my life was in danger. Some guy who bragged about his anti-war protests in Berkely almost got his as kicked when he attacked me verbally and a southern AO SEAL from the Vietnam War overheard the conversation and almost gave him some payback. Regardless of you political viewpoint if you haven’t served you only have part of the picture, so give the vets your respect. Tread lightly my liberal adversaries there is a limit to the patience of our guys coming back.

code7 on March 23, 2007 at 5:50 pm

Vintage Schlussel.
Aside (but related): I just learned that actor James Arness (Gunsmoke) was wounded during the liberation of Sicily in 1943. He’s so tall (6’7″) that he was the very first out of his landing craft and to hit the beach — i.e., if he couldn’t stand up in the surf, then no one could. (From his Wiki entry.)

Jeremiah on March 23, 2007 at 9:28 pm

I don’t go to movies much. I don’t buy music much. And I don’t watch television much.
Follow the money is good advice.
Blithering leftist tools and treasonous hypocrites the ilk of glover-maines-moore-odonnell are funded when sheeple want to be ‘entertained’. America suffers and the culture declines, but, hey…we have our eye candy.
~Deck chairs on the titanic…..

locomotivebreath1901 on March 24, 2007 at 10:11 am

It just amazes me the scum that get hired and promoted in Hollywood. The fault of course is that of the studios that seem to not have any standards with whom they associate and hire as actors and actresses. In fact, they seem to go out of their way to hire thugs and criminals when there are thousands of highly talented people with great backgrounds that never get a break.
Just look at the rap industry that was created by the Hollywood music moguls. The “talent” came directly from the gangs in LA and the California Prison system.
Americans should be concerned because this Talent is being promoted to our children. They are the new role models.
I guy like Wahlberg should be sitting in a prison cell not making millions making movies.

ScottyDog on March 24, 2007 at 3:20 pm

I had to laugh at this “review”, I really did. Debbie, you call yourself a “Conservative Commentator” If you were a true conservative you’d be ashamed at what your president has done in your name. Since when does the label “Conservative” mean to simply accept whatever your administration does is just and whatever it says is gospel? I’m sorry, you’re not conservative, you’re a sheep. When the final page is written on this sorry chapter in U.S. history, The truth will be known and you will be “outed” as yet another pseudo conservative shill. By going so far overboard in your condemnation of this film you’re showing just what you think of your fan base. Are you going to take away their right to go see the movie and make up their own minds? It’s a MOVIE! Were you this bent out of shape when Frosty the Snowman melted away? That was a movie too, you fool. Your readers deserve you if they follow your judgement. As a true conservative, I’m ashamed you exist.

theseanman66 on March 25, 2007 at 12:07 am

Good work Deb, I was all set to see this movie but would have felt bad were it not for your heads up. I hate supporting the left when they make propoganda films. I enjoy your columns.

livsafe on March 27, 2007 at 7:12 am

As a not-so-happy resident of the UBERLiberal state of Massachusetts, let me tell you we read and hear of liberal judges ignoring the rule of law over and over again. uhoh…let’s slap this one’s hand, uhoh…did you really mean to do that? slap your hand. naughty naughty naughty
And then you wonder why scum like Wahlberg aren’t bothered by their misdeeds!
Thanks for such an informative article, Debbie. If we ever went to the movies, we’d for sure skip this one. However, our sentiments rest with some of the other postings…why should we give one single dollar to the Hollywood liberals? In no way will we support them!

CapeConservative on March 27, 2007 at 8:58 am

The list of Hollwood “stars” whom we refuse to go see in movies or in concert keep growing. It isn’t a Liberal or Conservative thing to us, it is an American thing. I do not spend movie on “stars” who insult their “fans”. They do not care about us or they wouldn’t insult us so frequently. Just look at how trashy they are now, flashing their booty, DUI, overdoses, etc. Just a bunch of trashy people. What happened to the Jimmy Stewarts????????????????????

Buff on March 27, 2007 at 9:45 am

This was a good review, just wish I had read this BEFORE I went to see the movie yesterday! I was surprised and disgusted by the anti-American comments laced throughout this film. And to theseanman66 above, we do not follow Debbie like sheep, we listen to her (and others like Rush and Ann Coulter) because they agree with US. Have you ever thought about what would have happened if we had not gone to Iraq and Saddam had given WMD’s to Osama. Pres. Bush is so hated by the left that nothing he did would please them. The Pres. did his duty to protect the American people. History will vindicate him one day (at least the history written by true historians) but the Left will never give a Republican who is not a Liberal a fair shake.

snowmane on March 27, 2007 at 11:14 am

I know Mark Wahlberg’s background, and I have never gone to a single movie he has been in. Thanks for putting his fact sheet out there for all to see, Debbie. Nothing can surpass the idiocy of these anti-American traitors in Hollywood. If they managed to get what they’ve been striving for, the destruction of America, they’d be the first ones shot under a new regime.

Bernard on March 27, 2007 at 11:53 am

99.9% of Hollyweird continues to prove what pussy-liberals they are. Take the comments of Sean Penn, Alec Baldwin, Susan Surhandon, Danny Glover, and Jane “Traitor Bitch” Fonda…and you know how most of Hollywood thinks.
Every person in the conservative “half” of America needs to boycott Hollywood and all of their movies. Only in the pocketbook can we make them understand that their views are NOT our views. Only by hitting them square in the wallet can we make OUR voices heard. I have been to one movie in the last three years…Casino Royale (sorry…I just love Bond movies…). I know I might sound hypocritical because I listen to Boston and Tom Sholtz is a liberal as they come…but I don’t hear him on the telly saying what trash the troops are and how much America sucks. And I’m STILL waiting for all those pussy-liberals who said they’d leave the country if Bush was elected…TO FREAKIN’ LEAVE!!! If you don’t like the team…get out of the stadium!!!
“Now I’m calling on citizens from all over the world, this is Captain America calling. I held you up when you were down on your knees, so would you catch me now I’m falling”. The Kinks

Ziggy Spaz on March 27, 2007 at 8:53 pm

Ziggy…John would be so proud of you! Twice in this posting :-)

CapeConservative on March 27, 2007 at 10:17 pm

Yeah…can’t believe I didn’t on the other post. I usually never miss a chance to call a pussy-liberal…well…a pussy-liberal. A pox on the lot of them!!

Ziggy Spaz on March 27, 2007 at 11:59 pm

Shame, Damn Shame
I read the book (“Point of Impact”) just as the movie was coming out. None of the stuff Debbie criticizes is in the book. I would have enjoyed very much a movie that followed the novel.
What is most pathetic is that the main character is NOT anti-american at all in the novel. He’s actually quite patriotic. And the bad guys are renegade spooks, not the U.S. gov’t.
As with many novels, once they get to Hollywood and get converted into screenplays, the leftist anti-American movie producers put their political spin on it.
This is a classic perversion. I was a Tom Clancy fan until he cooperated with the movie producers in sanitizing “Sum Of All Fears” for the movie to make the bad guy neonazis instead of Arab terrorists.
The author writes what he cares about for the book and then sell it for a movie for as much as he can get from the movie producer with no regard for the book’s messages. In so doing, the author goes from artist to whore.

Tammuz29 on March 29, 2007 at 2:03 pm

Only a Righty wingnut would consider this movie a threat to American values. It is pathetic to regard a fellow countryman a traitor because he disagrees with you. Shooter is a mindless action flick, they are a dime a dozen. Am I to belive that a movie that doesn’t have the alleged negative comment on “American Values” is better because it has no “liberal” slant? Is Under Siege any less stupid? I suppose that I shouldn’t complain though. As long as you morons are wringing your hands and gnashing your teeth over what a communist Whalberg is, your not out doing whatever stupid things wingnuts do when not crying about the unfairness of the world. Pussy righties.

tkel on October 18, 2008 at 4:30 pm

I just saw this movie on TNT. I thought I could grin and bear it, but MAN it’s communist message was about as redundant as a Head-on ad! I rolled with laughter when the Che Guavara tee shirt appeared. And honestly, just how blatant are the last few lines? “you can’t kill me, I’m a senator!”
“Exactly”
Good grief!!! Is there no shame?

jag on August 8, 2009 at 11:15 pm

wow…finally just got a chance to see this movie – heard it was ‘cool’… how scary that the masses just consume this crap and get the lib garbage stuck to them!
With Jon Stewart as their chief of news and a steady stream of garbage coming out of hollywood…I fear for the future.

tv929 on October 4, 2010 at 3:15 pm

Ok, first off I am a registered Republican and I think Debbie needs to chill out. This movie is NOT Anti-American, neither is it Anti-Military. The primary Antagonist is one corrupt US Senator…not the US Government as a whole. The villains who go after Walbherg’s charactor (Danny Glover, Rade Serbedzija, Elias Koteas) are not US government personal but contractors who were hired by the Senator to help with the cover up. The people who burn the village down at the beginning are also contractors, they are not US military (although Marine Snipers were tricked into covering thier escape).

Matt on July 29, 2011 at 8:26 pm

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