Dorchester is Not Southie, No Matter What The Daily Beast Says

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The vibrations might not be so good in Dorchester today.

Along with every other news outlet this side of the early nineties, The Daily Beast reported about Mark Wahlberg seeking a pardon from the state of Massachusetts for a 1988 assault. Detailing Wahlberg’s transformation from a troubled teenager to upstanding multimillionaire, The Daily Beast seems to misunderstand just how violent and racist Wahlberg’s crimes were.

But not as much as they misunderstand the difference between Dorchester and South Boston. Someone at The Daily Beast decided to do a little cutting and pasting when it comes to Boston’s geography while outlining Wahlberg’s past.


Dealing drugs and addicted to cocaine by age 13, Wahlberg’s spent his early years on the wild side. The Daily Beast refers to Marky Mark’s origins as a point of reference for how far the actor has come.

“Wahlberg grew up the youngest of nine children in a broken home in the rough Dorchester section of Massachusetts, otherwise known as Southie.’’

Huh? South Boston has a fair share of nicknames. Popularly referred to as Southie, it is also called “God’s Country.’’ What it’s not otherwise known as is Dorchester. Sure, the two neighborhoods border one another but they are two distinct neighborhoods in Boston. And only one of the two had to deal with Wahlberg’s teenaged delinquencies.

Living up to our scrappy stereotypes, Bostonians have taken to Twitter to dispute The Daily Beast’s error.

Going forward, Wahlberg’s application will go through a board of pardons who will decide whether or not to favorably recommend him on a petition to the governor. If the petition goes through the process before January 8, Governor Deval Patrick will be making the decision whether or not to pardon Wahlberg.

A pardon for the Daily Beast’s understanding of Boston has already been denied.

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