Here’s a fun little fact: Mark Wahlberg was originally scheduled to be on flight 93, the ill-fated plane involved in the events of 9/11. You would figure that narrowly avoiding a catastrophe like that would imbue one with a certain sense of clarity and humility, teaching you that there are certain events outside of your control and to count each day as a blessing. Or if you’re Marky Mark, you look back on it in an interview and tell the world that you could have totally taken out those terrorists because you aren’t a pussy like all those people who banded together to lessen the damage that could have been. Guess who’s angry about that? Hint: EVERYONE. TMZ reports:
TMZ spoke with Deena Burnett-Bailey — whose husband Thomas Burnett phoned her from that fateful flight saying, “I know we’re going to die. There’s three of us who are going to do something about it.”
Burnett-Bailey tells us, “Does Mark Wahlberg have a pilot’s license? Then I think hindsight is 20/20 and it’s insignificant to say what you would have done if you weren’t there. ”
She adds, “The plan for Flight 93 was foiled by heroes. For him to speculate that his presence on board could have stopped everything is silly and disrespectful. Sounds like someone is grandstanding.”
I feel like Marky Mark is one of those people who thinks if they were alive during World War II, they would have killed Hitler with their own two hands. Or if he was in Vietnam, he would have won the war on his own. Or if he had gills, he’d be a fish. Everyone is perfect in their own mind and we all like to think we can do everything on our own. But in the real world, sometimes shit is out of our control, and it’s easier to justify our own delusional sense of grandeur in hypothetical situations. But when it comes down to it Marky (who has since apologized for his comments), you’re not stronger than the entire air plane full of people who pulled together to down grade a terrible situation into a slightly less awful one.