Green Book writer Nick Vallelonga deletes Twitter account after old anti-Muslim tweet resurfaces
In another Green Book controversy, director Peter Farrelly apologised after the resurfacing of a 20-year-old story where colleagues said he liked to flash his genitals as a joke.
After having just won a Golden Globe for best screenplay earlier this week, Green Book writer Nick Vallelonga has had to delete his Twitter account after a tweet he posted — from three years ago — started a controversy.
Vallenoga had seemingly expressed his support for a debunked narrative about American Muslims allegedly celebrating after 9/11.
“100% correct. Muslims in Jersey City cheering when towers went down. I saw it, as you did, possibly on local CBS news,” he wrote in a now-deleted tweet, uncovered by Adam Vary, a senior film reporter at BuzzFeedNews.
Looks like this tweet has been deleted, but here is the screengrab.
I've asked Nick Vallelonga's manager and Universal for comment. To be continued? pic.twitter.com/SWgsZQqetc
— Adam B. Vary (@adambvary) January 10, 2019
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
La La Land producer Jordan Horowitz took to Twitter to condemn Vallenoga's tweet, criticising Hollywood for giving him a Golden Globe when such a tweet was on his timeline, calling it "disgusting."
Vallenoga was not the only person associated with Green Book currently in trouble as the film's director Peter Farrelly found himself in the centre of a 20-year-old story where colleagues said he liked to flash his genitals as a joke.
Farrelly soon apologised, saying he’s deeply sorry and embarrassed after The Cut on Wednesday published excerpts of a 1998 Newsweek story saying Farrelly and his brother and frequent filmmaking partner Bobby Farrelly liked to use ruses to get people to look at Farrelly’s penis.
Farrelly issued a statement through his publicists saying the stories’ descriptions are true. “I was an idiot,” Farrelly said. “I did this decades ago and I thought I was being funny and the truth is I’m embarrassed and it makes me cringe now. I’m deeply sorry.”
Green Book, which stars Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortenson as a black concert pianist and his Italian-American driver who become unlikely friends, won a Golden Globe Award on Sunday for best musical or comedy film.
(With inputs from The Associated Press)
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