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Mark Wahlberg brushes off Oscars criticism


Mark Wahlberg can understand why Seth MacFarlane's Jewish joke fell flat at the Oscars,, but he insists the Ted skit shouldn't have been taken so seriously.

The action star re-teamed with his movie sidekick Ted, an animated teddy bear voiced by Oscars host MacFarlane, to present an award at the awards show on Sunday, but one particular gag in the routine drew anger from America's Anti-Defamation League.

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Ted said to Wahlberg, "I was born Theodore Shapiro, and I would like to donate to Israel and continue to work in Hollywood forever," and the actor replied, "You're an idiot."

ADL bosses called the joke "offensive and not remotely funny," and Wahlberg has now spoken out about the criticism, insisting he can understand why the gag didn't go down well.

"It's one of those things that's a very sensitive subject for certain people, so I understand," he told E! Online. "I didn't expect (the criticism), but then looking back, I get it. ... Hopefully people don't take themselves too seriously. It was meant to entertain and that's it. ... I can't control what Ted says. He's got a potty mouth. He's got a mind of his own. If I tell him not to say something, he's going to push the envelope even further."

Feb 28, 2013 10:03AM
Defend what?  MacFarlane was AWESOME!!  First time I laughed (or sat through the whole show) for the Oscars in a decade....
Feb 28, 2013 10:03AM

Should have told a catholic,Jesus or Pope joke.  Everyone there would  be saying "Hey, just a joke

Get over it"

Feb 28, 2013 10:08AM

Nobody can say or do a dam thing without some group of Giant Tunas crying give me a break it was a joke, it wasn't funny but not offensive either unless you're looking for somthing to be offended by.

Feb 28, 2013 10:01AM
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