Days after he won the Golden Globe for Best Screenplay, a 2015 tweet from Green Book writer/producer Nick Vallelonga resurfaced in which he agreed with Donald Trump’s unsubstantiated claim that he saw “Muslims in Jersey City cheering” when the World Trade Center towers collapsed on 9/11.
The tweet, which was confirmed to be sent by Vallelonga, was deleted shortly after news outlets took notice late Wednesday.
Many have noted on Twitter the hypocrisy of this tweet and the themes of Green Book, a movie that depicts Vallelonga’s father—Tony Lip (played by Viggo Mortensen)—learning to be less racist after driving pianist Don Shirley (played by Mahershala Ali) to concerts through the South in the 1960s.
Ali, who won the Golden Globe for Best Supporting Actor, is Muslim.
It’s also not the first controversy surrounding Green Book in the days since the Golden Globes. Director Peter Farrelly apologized on Wednesday after old reports resurfaced of him exposing himself to unsuspecting people. The Cut found a number of old news articles which outlined his past sexual misconduct. One involving Cameron Diaz read:
So how did the Farrellys win her over? Diaz won’t get serious. Instead, she laughs as she details her “meeting” with the Farrelly double act. “We were in a restaurant and Peter Farrelly showed me his penis,” she says, matter-of-factly. “That was enough, really. He got a positive response. That was all he needed to know. That was fine by me.”
Farrelly apologized on Wednesday.
“True. I was an idiot,” Farrelly said in a statement to CNN. “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.”
Despite winning over some early audiences, Green Book has been a controversial movie, with critics accusing the film of having a white savior complex. One widely cited review by Brooke Obie wrote, “moviegoers who will leave this movie having learned for the first time that Dr. Shirley and Green Books existed but only through a white lens, deserved better than this shallow introduction to an integral part of Black history.”
In an interview last year with Obie, Shirley’s family called Green Book a “symphony of lies.” Edwin Shirley added that Ali “called me and my Uncle Maurice in which he apologized profusely if there had been any offense. What he said was, ‘If I have offended you, I am so, so terribly sorry. I did the best I could with the material I had. I was not aware that there were close relatives with whom I could have consulted to add some nuance to the character.’”
If that wasn’t enough, during the press tour for Green Book, Mortensen was forced to apologize after using the N-word during a Q&A panel.
It’s unclear yet how all of this controversy will impact the Academy Award voting, which is currently underway.