Yesterday we told you all about the controversies surrounding the award-winning film, Green Book. If you missed it, you can click on this link to read all about it.
One of the biggest goofs coming from the team who put the film together was from screenwriter Nick Vallelonga. A little over three years ago, he tweeted out a ridiculous (and dangerous) rumor about how Muslims were cheering in the streets when the towers fell on 9/11.
After this tweet resurfaced, Nick panicked and deleted his Twitter account. That was his second mistake. He should have just apologized immediately, but instead he tried to hide it.
This tweet was especially concerning because one of the stars of Green Book, Mahershala Ali, is a Muslim.
So yeah, people were pretty pissed at Nick. Thankfully, he did the right thing on Thursday night and sent out an apology…
“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.’ I especially deeply apologize to the incredibly brilliant and kind Mahershala Ali and all member 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.”
Will this save his career in Hollywood? Too early to tell, but it’s a step in the right direction.