Green Book Writer Nick Vallelonga Sorry for Anti-Muslim Tweet

  • Green Book Writer Nick Vallelonga Sorry for Anti-Muslim Tweet

Green Book Writer Nick Vallelonga Sorry for Anti-Muslim Tweet

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Vallelonga's tweet, which is no longer available, was confirmed with BuzzFeed News by his manager.

In the controversial tweet, Vallelonga agreed with President Trump's debunked claim that "thousands" of Muslims in New Jersey cheered and celebrated on September 11, 2001. Muslims in Jersey City cheering when the towers went down. 'Tell me, ' I say, digesting this news and feeling a complex mixture of relief and disappointment, 'which you find more tantalizing, the thought of someone laughing at your penis, or the thought of someone laughing at your films?' 'Tantalizing?!' Bobby echoes, perhaps just a fraction alarmed.

"Nick Vallelonga wrote Green Book", Horowitz tweeted Wednesday. The movie has come under fire from the family of Dr. Don Shirley, played by Golden Globes victor Mahershala Ali in the film, who allege the film is a "symphony of lies" and manipulates the relationship between Shirley and Frank Vallelonga.

"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 said.

Again, this isn't the first time the would-be Oscar darling has been in hell or highwater. His assertion was nearly immediately debunked, though Trump continued to defend himself, the Times reported.

During a rally, Trump made the claim that he "watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down. Thousands of people were cheering", Trump told ABC's George Stephanopoulos in an interview. There were people over in New Jersey that were watching it, a heavy Arab population, that were cheering as the buildings came down.

It was a night to remember for those involved in the making of the much-acclaimed film "Green Book" Sunday, but it was a Wednesday they'd probably like to forget.

Green Book, about the relationship between pianist Dr. Don Shirley and bouncer-turned-driver Tony "Lip" Vallelonga, stars Mahershala Ali, the first Muslim to win an Oscar.

Vallelonga has promoted how "Green Book" breaks down racial barriers and talks honestly about racism in interviews throughout awards season, most recently telling Variety, "The film is about people coming together, it's about love". In the same article, Ali was reported to have apologised for any offence caused by his portrayal of Shirley (who died in 2013), and was quoted as saying: "I did the best I could with the material I had". The screenplay was written by Vallelonga, Brian Currie and director Peter Farrelly.

Peter Farrelly issued a statement confirming the truth of the stories, saying he thought he was being amusing at the time, but now knows he "was an idiot".