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Widow of Flight 93 Hero:

Wahlberg's 9/11 Comments

Were VERY Disrespectful

1/18/2012 10:22 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF

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Mark Wahlberg
's claim that he would've been able to single-handedly over-power the 9/11 terrorists and prevent a plane from crashing is completely "disrespectful" ... so says the widow of one of the REAL heroic victims who RUSHED THE COCKPIT on that fateful day.

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."

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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."

We called Wahlberg for comment -- so far, no word back.

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sam    

Flight 93 was shot down with a missile, look on youtube for rumsfeld, bush and cheney accidentally admitting it. Thats why the debris was spread over 6 miles, if it hit the ground it would be in 1 place. Also there was no wreckage remember, just a hole in the soil. 9/11 was an INSIDE JOB by u.s govt and israel mossad.

956 days ago
17.

Ghost Rider    

No word back from Marky Mark yet huh? Darn.

956 days ago
18.

soulofanangel    

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Actors/Celebrities are in a perpetual PRETEND REALITY...they make millions PRETENDING while the real workers/heroes get tiny, in comparison, paychecks.
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Actors/Celebrities pea-brains should be disregarded compared to the real life people actually dealing with the problems, issues and solutions of life.
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MARK WAHLBERG and his fantasy actors should shut up, cash the ridiculously over inflated paychecks and slink back to your PRETEND WORLD, giving 80% of your paycheck ('cause that's what you REALLY are worth) to CHARITY would be a REAL LIFE START.
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956 days ago
19.

seppe101    

Quick someone phone Marks Publicist!!!!!!!! this ones gonna take some brainstorming. Mark better to keep your mouth shut and have everyone think your an idiot than to open your mouth and prove it. Much love and respect to all those heroes who gave their hearts on that horrible day ~~FROM CANADA

956 days ago
20.

URSilly    

I get what he was underlyingly trying to say, it just was his delivery of the message that comes across insensitive and hurtful to those who had loved ones on the flight.

I think people are thinking he is minimizing those who were on the plain and their efforts and acting like only he could have saved everyone.

I think his words are being misinterpreted, I think he meant well with his strong message of saying that had he been on that flight that he I guess was suppose to have been, that he basically would have done all he could and hoped to have saved it from occurring. I do not think he meant it to hurt or minimize or imply that others on the plane with families did not do enough, etc.

It is a case of "bad delivery of a message" "not thinking before speaking "inserting foot into mouth" instead of taking time to present his message in a different delivery that maybe people would not have filled in the blanks or misinterpreted.

I see both sides here. I don't think he intentionally meant to hurt, he just over-spoke and it comes across as arrogant as if he thinks only he could have prevented the crash or saved everyone.

In a nutshell: Bad delivery of his message. We all in live have impulsively reacted or responded to something without thinking how our words may impact, especially when we feel strongly about something.

He too, is human.

956 days ago
21.

dawn57hy@gmail.com    

I think Mr.Walberg should think before he speaks.This is real life not a movie.How could anyone know how they would react in a situation like 911.It's a free country and he can say what he wants to that doesn't mean he should.Hopefully no one ever second guess's the super hero Mr.Walberg!

956 days ago
22.

seppe101    

Quick someone phone Marks Publicist!!!!!!!! this ones gonna take some brainstorming. Mark better to keep your mouth shut and have everyone think your an idiot than to open your mouth and prove it. Much love and respect to all those heroes who gave their hearts on that horrible day ~~FROM CANADA

956 days ago
23.

yup    

Let me guess, he's going to star in the remake of "Quantum Leap"?

956 days ago
24.

Ghost Rider    

911 was an inside job! Only an idiot would believe that jet fuel can instantly melt steel, and the Illuminati know this world is full of idiots!.

956 days ago
25.

TMZer    

What a peckerwood! This is real life. You know that if he were on that plane that he would have been cowering behind a seat because he is a celebrity. He is just being a big talker, but in reality he would have crapped his pants!

956 days ago
26.

ken    

MARKY MARK IS SUCH A HAS BEEN...ANYWAY EVERYONE KNOWS IT WAS SHOT DOWN BY THE GOVERNMENT

956 days ago
27.

Ghost Rider    

Did they ever find the black box from flight 93, or any of the other flights? Enquiring minds need to know!

956 days ago
28.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

I'm not going to get mad at him--as I have also been in a situation where because of cir***stances, I didn't make it somewhere I was supposed to, and those who did..died.

It's a hard thing to wrap your mind around and you like to think that if you had made it, you could have fixed it.

The people who are getting defensive because he wasn't in that situation, aren't in his situation either. We all cope our own way.

956 days ago
29.

Kristie    

I think he does have his pilot license, which is why I think he said that. Still, really stupid thing to say. Bad idea Mark.

956 days ago
30.

MIDNIGHT TOKER    

she can say what she wants because she is sitting on a couple of million she got because of her husband.Mark can say what he wants because he has a mike held to his face..its called the united states,,freedom of speech

956 days ago
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