Well, Viggo Mortensen was known as one of the nicest, most progressive movie stars in the world, but now he might have damaged his image a bit after saying the n-word on stage.
During a post-screening Q&A for his upcoming film ‘Green Book,’ he and his co-star Mahershala Ali were talking to a moderator about how the movie’s interracial friendship fits into a larger conversation about racism in America.
According to people in the crowd, Mortensen used the full N-word to make a point about how some progress is being made, “For instance, no one says n****r anymore,” he said.
Insiders say everyone was shocked. One woman even shouted “You can’t say that!” It was clear by the look on his face that Mortensen knew he goofed. After word spread online, the actor released a statement to The Hollywood Reporter…
“In making the point that many people casually used the ‘N’ word at the time in which the movie’s story takes place, in 1962, I used the full word. Although my intention was to speak strongly against racism, I have no right to even imagine the hurt that is caused by hearing that word in any context, especially from a white man. I do not use the word in private or in public. I am very sorry that I did use the full word last night, and will not utter it again.”
Obviously, Mortensen is not a racist. As we mentioned, he’s one of the more progressive stars in Hollywood.
But still, he should have known better. You just can’t say that word! How any white person doesn’t understand that by now is super confusing. There is no situation where it’s acceptable.