Nick Vallelonga, the screenwriter of the model new film “Green Book,” apologized Thursday for a 2015 anti-Muslim tweet that these days resurfaced.
“I want to apologize. I spent my life trying to bring this story of overcoming differences and finding common ground to the screen, and I am incredibly sorry to everyone associated with ‘Green Book’,” he talked about in an announcement. “I especially deeply apologize to the brilliant and kind Mahershala Ali, and all members of the Muslim faith, for the hurt I have caused. I am also sorry to my late father who changed so much from Dr. Shirley’s friendship and I promise this lesson is not lost on me. ‘Green Book’ is a story about love, acceptance and overcoming barriers, and I will do better.”
In the controversial tweet, Vallelonga agreed with President Trump’s debunked declare that “thousands” of Muslims in New Jersey cheered and celebrated on Sept. 11, 2001.
“@realDonaldTrump 100% correct,” the tweet be taught. “Muslims in New Jersey cheering when towers went down. I saw it, as you did, possibly on local CBS news.”
Participant Media, which co-produced “Green Book,” moreover denounced the tweet in an announcement.
“We find Mr. Vallelonga’s Twitter post offensive, dangerous, and antithetical to Participant Media’s values. We reject it in no uncertain terms,” a spokesman talked about.
Following the backlash, Vallelonga deleted his Twitter account Wednesday.
The scrutiny comes throughout the wake of the film — which is based on the lifetime of Vallelonga’s father, “Sopranos” actor Tony Lip — profitable three Golden Globe Awards Sunday night. Those included Best Motion Picture (comedy), Best Supporting Actor (Mahershala Ali) and Best Screenplay.