"Green Book" writer Nick Vallelonga deleted his Twitter account after a tweet that supported a discredited conservative narrative that American Muslims could be seen cheering after September 11 was recirculated on Wednesday.
"@RealDonaldTrump 100% correct," read the November 2015 tweet. "Muslims in Jersey City cheered when the towers collapsed. I saw it, like you, possibly on local CBS news. "
At a November rally, Trump had said: "Hey, I saw when the World Trade Center broke down, and I watched in Jersey City, New Jersey, where thousands and thousands of people were cheering when the building was collapsing." Thousands of people they were applauding. "George Stephanopoulos, of ABC, challenged Trump for the claim, but the then presidential candidate insisted that he saw Muslims celebrating with their own eyes.
Mahershala Ali, star of the "Green Book", is Muslim, a fact that many noted on Twitter.
Nick Vallelonga wrote the Green Paper. My industry has just given you a Golden Globe for writing. This remains in your timeline.
Mahershala Ali is a Muslim, and a beautiful, generous and kind man.
This is too gross. pic.twitter.com/LYVbpFZFUL
– Jordan Horowitz (@jehorowitz) January 10, 2019
Reminder that Mahershala Ali is Muslim and deserves much more than this shit.
– Louis Peitzman (@LouisPeitzman) January 10, 2019
The representatives of Vallelonga did not respond immediately to VarietyThe request for comment.
The appearance of the tweet is the latest in a series of controversies faced by the "Green Book". The Vallelonga script is based on the experiences of his father, Tony Lip (Viggo Mortensen), leading concert pianist Dr. Don Shirley (Mahershala Ali) through The Deep South for a tour. Shirley's family demonstrated against the film, refuting their description of the events of the tour and stating that they had not been contacted during production or conception. Director Peter Farrelly, Mortensen and Vallelonga vigorously defended the film and suggested there may be tension between Dr. Shirley and his family.
At the National Review Board gala on Tuesday night, Vallelonga said Shirley specifically asked her not to talk to anyone else about the plot, and claimed that Shirley had approved the events she had included in the script.
Mortensen also came under scrutiny in November last year after using the word n during a Hollywood question and answer session. Later he apologized.
On Wednesday, Farrelly issued an apology after reports that he repeatedly showed his penis as a joke during the 1990s resurfaced.
"Right, I was an idiot," he told The Cut in a statement. "I did this decades ago and I thought I was being funny and the truth is that I am ashamed and now I feel trembling.
The "Green Paper" has continued to garner praise, including three Golden Globes on Sunday for the best script, the best film, musical or comedy, and the best performance of a supporting actor in a film for Ali. He has received four nominations for the BAFTA awards, two nominations for the SAG awards, one DGA nom for Farrelly and many other laurels.