It comes as no surprise that there is a tonne to digest in the wake of last night’s Super Bowl. Along with the, to put it mildly, suspenseful on-field antics, there was the customary level of intrigue that made headlines occurring off the pitch.
There was the customary barrage of upcoming movie trailers and oddball advertising, Usher’s halftime show, and Taylor Swift watching her boyfriend Travis Kelce.
The much-anticipated Deadpool 3 video fell into the latter category, but it was a Mark Wahlberg advertisement that truly had people talking on the internet.
Nobody should be surprised that actor Mark Wahlberg is a man of faith and discipline.
The Hollywood celebrity has already discussed the significance of God in his life, noting that the movie business hasn’t found it to be particularly well-liked. Just a year ago, Wahlberg stated:
“I do not disavow my faith, but I don’t want to shove it down anyone’s throat. That is a greater transgression.
“You know, I can’t deny my faith, even though it’s not mainstream in my industry. I think it’s vital to let folks know that. But since I have friends from a variety of backgrounds and beliefs, it’s also critical to appreciate and honour them.
However, an advertisement starring Mark Wahlberg that played during Sunday night’s Super Bowl in Nevada left a lot of people perplexed and even “embarrassed.” The 52-year-old joined forces to promote the Catholic app Hallow with Jonathan Roumie of TBN’s The Chosen.
In the commercial, Wahlberg said, “God, we take this moment just to give You thanks.”
Then, a statement displaying on the arena’s large screen said, “Join over 100 million people in prayer during Super Bowl LVIII for the first time ever.”
“The goal at Hallow has always been to reach out to as many folks as possible, both those who take their faith seriously and especially those who might have fallen away, and invite them deeper into a relationship with God,” stated co-founder and CEO of Hallow Alex Jones in a press release prior to the commercial’s airing.
“We couldn’t have been more excited to work with Mark and Jonathan to use the Big Game this year as an opportunity to invite millions of people to pray when we learned about its timing.”
Reports state that after its release in 2018, the Hallow app has gained popularity and provides prayer on-the-go.
However, a large number of people expressed their disapproval of Wahlberg’s involvement in the commercial online.
One commenter wrote, “Mark Wahlberg deserves our congratulations for ensuring that Ben Affleck didn’t make Boston look bad during the Super Bowl.”
“Somehow the Mark Wahlberg as is atop my leaderboard of weirdest Super Bowl commercials so far,” another commenter said.
“Did I just hear Mark Wahlberg say’stay prayed up,'” a third person said?