He's been an A-list actor for so long now it's easy to forget that Mark Wahlberg took a very strange - and occasionally very ugly - path to stardom.
If you're of a certain age, you probably know about his time as frontman for the '90s hip-hop(-ish) crew Marky Mark and the Funky Bunch.
However, you may not be aware that Wahlberg was arrested for his assault when he was 16 following a violent, racially charged hate crime that left a man blind.
Those two oft-forgotten periods in Wahlberg's past converged during a deeply uncomfortable moment on The Dan Patrick Show this morning.
In the clip above, Wahlberg's 13-year-old daughter asks him to rap.
Patrick suggests taking a commercial break to allow Wahlberg to think up some lines, but the actor insists on freestyling.
Based on what he came up with, we think it's safe to say Mark should've taken the opportunity to jot down a few bars.
Here's his verse verbatim:
"I’m your 45-year-old father and I got to rap/ and if you keep misbehaving I’m a give your behind a slap/
"It’s called a spanking/ Later on in life you’re gonna thank me/
"‘Cause all the advice that I’m giving you is good for you/ and if not, your butt and behind is gonna be black and blue."
Now, clearly people have different views about spanking, but we think all parents would agree that a father leaving black and blue marks on his 13-year-old daughter is never okay.
In fact, a grownup leaving bruises on a child of any age is not only morally wrong, but illegal.
Obviously, some folks will make the argument that Wahlberg was kidding, and yes, clearly he meant the rap to be taken as a joke and not as a serious threat.
But we're gonna counter that with the idea that joking about beating your kids in a public forum is never appropriate.
And yes, it's doubly inappropriate given Wahlberg's history of extreme violence.
As for the fact that Wahlberg's arrest and conviction occurred nearly 30 years ago, well, tell that to Johny Trinh, the man he brutally attacked, who remains just as blind today as he was then.
And it's clearly not ancient history for Wahlberg either, who petitioned to be pardoned for his crimes in 2014.
The petition prompted a re-examination of Wahlberg's violent past, including interviews with Krysten Atwood who says Wahlberg and friends threw rocks and hurled racial epithets at her when she was in fourth grade.
Wahlberg never denied the incident, and dropped his petition shortly after Atwood's interview with CBS News.
So yeah, publicly joking about beating your kids: never cool.
Mark Wahlberg publicly joking about beating his kids: especially never cool.