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Does Middle America Care About Hollywood's Politics?

| by Oren Peleg

After a year of celebrity political endorsements and videos from Hollywood bigwigs telling the nation to get out the vote, actor Mark Wahlberg says America does not care. The star of the new film, "Patriot's Day," about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing says the average American does not want to hear what a celebrity thinks about politics.

“Middle America doesn’t want to listen to what celebrities have to say,” Wahlberg said, notes the Daily Beast. “People were going out there endorsing Hillary Clinton but just because I buy your CD doesn’t mean I’m going to listen to your political views. Just like just because I’m an actor doesn’t give me the right to jam my opinion down somebody’s throat. You have people out there having a hard time paying the rent or putting food on the table.”

During a September interview with the Guardian, Wahlberg was mum on his choice for president, but did offer that he once golfed with Donald Trump.

“He’s an OK golfer,” he said. “I’ve gotten to know him a little bit since, at various occasions. I’ve never met Hillary Clinton.”

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Wahlberg then revealed their conversation on the green. “He was very Donald Trump-like, talking about the things that he does, things that he has, business interests, properties, stuff like that,” he said. “But he wasn’t ever mean or rude. I don’t think he asked me too many personal questions, or about what I do.”

According to the Daily Beast, Peter Berg, whose last three films have starred Wahlberg, claimed that his peers in Hollywood live in a bubble.

“I don’t feel like I am, but I feel like Hollywood is as a whole,” he noted. “I think everybody was under the impression that this was never going to happen.”

“If you look at the last three films we’ve made, we tend to go out in the world—and that’s not to say we go out into a Republican world, but we get out,” Berg then explained. “We’ve been working in Louisiana, Texas, and Massachusetts, far from Hollywood.”

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Sources: The Daily Beast, The Guardian / Photo Credit: Golf Channel via The Guardian

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