‘Green Book’ Writer Nick Vallelonga Supported Trump’s Claim That New Jersey Muslims Cheered 9/11 - IndieWire
Indiewire.com - Thu 10 Jan 03:00 GMT

‘Green Book’ Writer Nick Vallelonga Supported Trump’s Claim That New Jersey Muslims Cheered 9/11 - IndieWire

Vallelonga deleted his Twitter profile after his social media post resurfaced online.

  “Green Book” writer and producer Nick Vallelonga has been a staple on the awards circuit this Oscar season, earning screenplay nominations from the Golden Globes, the Writers Guild of America, and the Critics’ Choice Awards, but, in the wake of awards buzz, a controversial social media post published by Vallelonga in 2015 has resurfaced online.

  Back in November 2015, Vallelonga replied to Donald Trump on Twitter corroborating a story in which Trump alleged he saw people cheering in Jersey City, New Jersey on September 11, 2001 as they watched the attacks on the Twin Towers.

  Trump tried to prove the story was true when he tweeted a September 18, 2011 report from The Washington Post that said Jersey City law enforcement “detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks,” but the report made no mention that thousands of Muslims and/or Arabs were celebrating the attacks.

  Vallelonga has promoted how “Green Book” breaks down racial barriers and talks honestly about racism in interviews throughout awards season, most recently telling Variety, “The film is about people coming together, it’s about love.”

  On the same day that Vallelonga deactivated his account, Universal hosted a press event in New York in which friends of the late Shirley spoke of their love for the film.