‘Green Book’ writer apol­o­gizes for old tweet about Mus­lims

The Guardian (Charlottetown) - - CLASSIFIEDS/ENTERTAINMENT -

LOS AN­GE­LES — “Green Book” co-writer Nick Val­le­longa has apol­o­gized for a 2015 tweet about Mus­lims and 9-11 that has resur­faced a few days after the film won a Golden Globe Award.

In the tweet, he said then­pres­i­den­tial-can­di­date Don­ald Trump was “100% cor­rect” that lo­cal tele­vi­sion news in New York on 9-11 showed Mus­lims in Jer­sey City cheer­ing when the tow­ers came down, and he had seen it.

There is no ev­i­dence such cel­e­bra­tions oc­curred.

“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,”’ Val­le­longa said in a state­ment Thurs­day.

“I es­pe­cially deeply apol­o­gize to the bril­liant and kind Ma­her­shala Ali, and all mem­bers of the Mus­lim faith, for the hurt I have caused.”

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