SAG Awards Got Crucified for Letting Mark Wahlberg, Who Confessed to a Hate Crime, Present an Award to Asian Cast When Will Smith Was Banned for Much Less

Fans called out Hollywood's hypocrisy, for letting Mark Wahlberg present an award to an Asian while banning Will Smith from the Oscars.

SAG Awards Got Crucified for Letting Mark Wahlberg, Who Confessed to a Hate Crime, Present an Award to Asian Cast When Will Smith Was Banned for Much Less

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  • Ever since the 94th Academy Awards, where Will Smith slapped Chris Rock, Hollywood award shows have been subjected to controversies.
  • During the 2023 SAG Awards, the event came under fire for letting Mark Wahlberg present an award to an Asian cast.
  • Fans address the hypocrisy where Will Smith suffered consequences while Mark Wahlberg was invited to present an award.
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Ever since the 94th Academy Awards on March 27, 2022, where Will Smith slapped Chris Rock on stage, Hollywood award shows have been plagued with controversies. Following the 2022 Oscars, the very next year, Mark Wahlberg got immense hate from fans for presenting an award to an Asian cast during the SAG Awards. 

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Considering Mark Wahlberg’s notorious history of racism, fans slammed the SAG Awards in 2023 for letting the actor present an award to an Asian cast. Calling out Hollywood’s hypocrisy for taking Wahlberg’s issue lightly while banning Will Smith from the Oscars for slapping Chris Rock, fans waged war on social media. 

SAG Awards Faced Criticism Because of Mark Wahlberg 

With the award seasons currently going on in Hollywood, it’s time to recall some of the previous year’s incidents that made headlines. Ever since the 94th Academy Awards on March 27, 2022, where Will Smith slapped Chris Rock, Hollywood award shows have been subjected to public scrutiny and controversies. 

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Therefore, the previous year during the 2023 SAG Awards, the event came under fire for a controversial decision they made. According to CBS News, the award show hired Mark Wahlberg to present the award for Outstanding Performance in a Motion Picture, to the mainly Asian cast of Everything Everywhere All At Once

Throwing light on Mark Wahlberg’s history of racism and committing several hate crimes, fans openly criticized the SAG Awards for allowing the actor to present the award. Especially since Wahlberg offered the award to the Asian cast, fans sparked controversies over the award show’s decision. 

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Wahlberg in a still from Boogie Nights

Fans claimed that the actor who went to jail for committing hate crimes against two Asian men at the age of 16 should have never been called on stage to offer the award to an Asian cast. Calling out the award show for taking the issue of racism lightly, netizens crucified the SAG Awards. Although Mark Wahlberg had previously apologized for his history of hate crimes, many fans were still upset with why he was chosen to deliver the award. 

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Fans Call Out Hollywood’s Hypocrisy After 2023 SAG Awards

Calling out the hypocrisy of Hollywood, fans took the matter to the next level. Comparing the issue created by Will Smith during the 2022 Oscars with Mark Wahlberg presenting an award to an Asian cast during the 2023 SAG Awards, despite his history of racism, fans pinpoint Hollywood’s favoritism. 

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Will Smith in King Richard

Claiming that what Will Smith did during the 2022 Oscars wasn’t any sort of racism or hate crime, fans began questioning why the actor was banned from the event, while Hollywood has been taking Mark Wahlberg’s history of racism lightly. Stating that Smith slapping Chris Rock was nothing compared to what Wahlberg had inflicted on people, fans called out the disparity. 

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Taking to different social media platforms, netizens addressed how hypocritical it was to see Will Smith suffering consequences after slapping Chris Rock, while Mark Wahlberg was invited to present at the SAG awards show. While Smith was under disciplinary review from SAG, Wahlberg’s history of hate crime was taken lightly by the same committee. 

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