Green Book screenwriter Nick Vallelonga has apologised for posting an anti-Muslim tweet.
Vallelonga who issued a statement said: “I want to apologise. 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 apologise 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.”
Vallelonga had deleted his Twitter account after the tweet recirculated.
Meanwhile, co-financer and producer Participant Media also released a statement, saying, “We find Mr. Vallelonga’s Twitter post offensive, dangerous, and antithetical to Participant Media’s values. We reject it in no uncertain terms.”
Vallelonga has come under fire after the discovery of a tweet in which he backed Donald Trump’s false claim during the election campaign that in New Jersey “thousands of people were cheering” the destruction of the World Trade Center.
In a widely circulated screenshot, Vallelonga wrote in reply to Trump: “100% correct. Muslims in Jersey City cheering when towers went down. I saw it, as you did, possibly on local CBS news.”
Vallelonga received widespread condemnation, particularly as one of the film’s stars, Mahershala Ali, is Muslim.
By Damilola Faustino