‘Green Book’ Screenwriter To Sit Critics Choice Awards Out Following Backlash For Anti-Muslim Tweet

Written by on January 29, 2019

Maria Therese Agcopra Agcopra – Fourth Estate Contributor

Los Angeles, CA, United States (4E) – Campaigning for awards season has finally commenced and more so in the Oscar race as allegations after allegations have come out. It started with Lady Gaga’s collaboration with alleged sexual offender R. Kelly and now, Green Book screenwriter Nick Vallelonga who’s racist tweet in 2015 have resurfaced.

Following the success of Green Book in the Golden Globe Awards with three wins out of five nominations including—Best Supporting Actor for Mahershala Ali, Best Screenplay and Best Comedy or Musical Motion Picture, Vallelonga’s tweets directed at United States President Donal Trump have emerged. Vallelonga tweeted:

“@realDonaldTrump 100% correct,” the tweet read. “Muslims in New Jersey cheering when towers went down. I saw it, as you did, possibly on local CBS news.”

The tweet was received with backlash and it could affect the movie’s chances of getting Oscar nominations since voting for the prestigious award has started. The film’s producer, Participant Media has condemned the tweet by releaseing a statement that Vallelonga’s tweets were “offensive, dangerous and antithetical”.

Vallelonga, whose father Frank “Tony Lip” Vallelonga is portrayed by Viggo Mortensen in the movie, apologized for the tweet.

He said that over the years he has spent his life overcoming differences and finding common ground to the screen. He adds an apology to Mahershala Ali, who plays classical and jazz pianist Don Shirley in the movie and to all the Muslims in the world for the hurt he has caused and promises to do better.

Vallelonga will no longer attend the Critics Choice Awards where he is nominated for Best Screenplay and the films other nominations.

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