'Green Book' Golden Globes win upsets social media for controversy about race, backlash from subject's family - Fox News
Fox News - Mon 7 Jan 17:42 GMT

'Green Book' Golden Globes win upsets social media for controversy about race, backlash from subject's family - Fox News

After “Green Book” won three Golden Globes, including the coveted best picture award, fans were quick to complain about the controversial film’s rise to prominence and victory at the show, arguing that it’s problematic for both its handling of race as well as…

  After “Green Book” won three Golden Globes, including the coveted best picture award, fans were quick to complain about the controversial film’s rise to prominence, arguing that it’s problematic both for its handling of the issue of race and because of the animosity it created among the family members of its real-life subject, the late jazz pianist Don Shirley.

  The film tells the story of Shirley, played by Mahershala Ali, as he goes on tour in 1962 through the Deep South accompanied by his bodyguard, Anthony “Tony Lip” Vallelonga, played by Viggo Mortensen.

  Since premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, "Green Book" gained both praise from movie buffs and criticism from audiences, who argue the film simply retreads old stereotypes about race in America.

  “Anyone call up Don Shirley’s family to ask them what they think about GREEN BOOK winning the Golden Globes?”

  “Pretty bold for that Green Book speech to hinge on how INSPIRING Don Shirley's story was when Don Shirley's family keeps insisting that wasn't his story at all,” another user chimed in.