July 6, 2012 at 10:56 AM ET
Mark Wahlberg stars opposite a cute teddy bear in "Ted," but there’s nothing kid-friendly about the movie itself. The comedy's wisecracking humor is strictly for grownup audiences. But some say one of the movie’s zingers isn’t really appropriate for anyone.
In a romance rivalry scene, Wahlberg’s character tells his competition, "From one man to another, I hope you get Lou Gehrig's Disease."
Lou Gehrig’s Disease, otherwise known as ALS, is a serious, often fatal motor neuron disease with no cure, and The ALS Therapy Alliance wants everyone to know it’s no laughing matter.
"The punch line in the movie 'Ted' comes at the expense of people afflicted with ALS,” spokesperson Traci Bisson said in a statement.
Wahlberg responded to the controversy during a radio interview with 94.7 Fresh FM’s "The Tommy Show" on Thursday.
“I had no idea,” the actor said of backlash about the joke. “It wasn’t our intention to really offend anybody. (Writer, director and co-star) Seth (MacFarlane) wrote the material, so you got to take it up with him, first of all. And second of all, I didn’t know anything about it.”
Do you think the joke was inappropriate? Should Wahlberg or MacFarlane apologize for the line? Share your thoughts on our Facebook page.