Green Book author Nick Vallelonga has released an apology after an old-time Islamophobia tweet of his resurfaced on social media.
The Golden Globe-winning writer had to face severe backlash for a tweet made in 2015, that contained strong elements of Islamophobia backing the then-presidential candidate Donald Trump.
“Muslims in Jersey City cheering when towers went down. I saw it, as you did, possibly on CBS news,” Vallelonga had tweeted.
Twitterati enraged over the matter right there and then.
Nick Vallelonga wrote Green Book. My industry just gave him a Golden Globe for writing. This remains on his timeline.
Mahershala Ali is a Muslim, and a beautiful, generous and kind man.
This is all just too disgusting. pic.twitter.com/LYVbpFZFUL
— Jordan Horowitz (@jehorowitz) January 10, 2019
interesting thoughts from nick vallelonga. that’s some nice islamophobia you got there. and a flat out lie regarding 9/11. 🌟 pic.twitter.com/OmLPdqYYfi
— renee. (@flowersfortimmy) January 10, 2019
It is astounding they gave you a golden globe for writing a movie about solving racism 🤦♂️
— John Pulice (@jptres92) January 9, 2019
Vallelonga released a new statement to undo the damage.
“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 goes on to add: “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,” he adds.