It was a night to remember for those involved in the making of the much-acclaimed film "Green Book" Sunday, but it was a Wednesday they'd probably like to forget.
Two separate scandals hit the filmmakers behind the Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali-starring film just three days after taking home Golden Globes for Best Motion Picture, Best Supporting Male Actor, and Best Screenplay: one of the writers once agreed with Donald Trump on Twitter, and the director used to go around flashing his manhood on set for laughs.
On Wednesday, "Green Book" co-writer Nick Vallelonga deleted his Twitter feed after someone figured out that he'd once tweeted in agreement with Trump's famous 2015 claim that he saw Muslims in New Jersey celebrating the 9/11 terror attacks.
"I watched when the World Trade Center came tumbling down," then-presidential candidate Trump said at a November 21 rally in Birmingham. "And I watched in Jersey City, N.J., where thousands and thousands of people were cheering as that building was coming down. Thousands of people were cheering."
"100% correct," Vallelonga tweeted in response. "Muslims in Jersey City cheering when towers went down. I saw it, as you did, possibly on local CBS news."
Back in 2015, left-leaning PolitiFact looked into Trump's claim and found that while there were "two uncorroborated and unsourced mentions" about Muslims celebrating in Jersey, including from the Associated Press and Washington Post, there wasn't any hard proof, and certainly not anything that indicated "thousands" had celebrated, as Trump said. Here's an excerpt of PolitiFact's report:
The Associated Press, on Sept. 17, 2001, described "rumors of rooftop celebrations of the attack by Muslims" in Jersey City. But the same report said those rumors were "unfounded."
The Washington Post, on Sept. 18, 2001, published an article that claimed "law enforcement authorities detained and questioned a number of people who were allegedly seen celebrating the attacks and holding tailgate-style parties on rooftops while they watched the devastation on the other side of the river." The Post story includes no source for this information, and we found no evidence that any of these allegations ever stuck.
As The Wrap notes, on the same day that Vallelonga's Twitter feed disappeared due the Trump tweet, TheCut published an embarrassing report on "Green Book" director Peter Farrelly's bad habit of flashing his peter on set, unsubtly titled: "Green Book Director Used to Flash His Penis As a Joke." Here's how the piece begins:
With his Golden Globe–winning racism drama Green Book, Peter Farrelly has reinvented himself as a serious director, putting distance between himself and his past body of work, such as Shallow Hal, the 2001 rom-com which encouraged audiences to laugh at Gwyneth Paltrow in a fat suit, and 1998’s There’s Something About Mary, which educated the world about the dangers of getting semen in your hair. Another thing that Farrelly has hopefully put distance between: the fact that he apparently used to really like whipping his d**k out on set.
It includes this amazing excerpt from a 1998 Observer article by writer Nicola Barker:
Apparently, I say nervously, Peter showed Cameron his penis during the filming … Peter interrupts, horrified: "No. We did it before she was in." So you risked losing a big star by showing her your penis before she was on board? Peter smiles at my foolishness. "Of course! That’s what got her in." He stops smiling for a moment. "It’s a joke," he explains patiently. "It’s not like I make a habit of just whipping it out and saying, ‘Hey! Look! My c**k!’ We do a joke where, it’s like, Bob says, ‘Pete’s been really crazy, he went out and spent $ 500 on a belt buckle.’ I go, ‘Bob, it’s an investment, it’s not a big deal.’ He says, ‘You’re stupid! $ 500 on a belt buckle!’ I say it’s not stupid … Finally she says, ‘Let me see it.’ And I lift my shirt and have it …" he grins "hanging over."
Peter admits that after doing this trick "easily 500 times" he is now in a state of forced early retirement.
Farrelly issued a statement Wednesday in response to his old penis-flashing joke resurfacing. "True. I was an idiot," he said, TheCut reports. "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."
By the way, Diaz commented on the flashing moment, telling Newsweek back when the story first circulated, "When a director shows you his penis the first time you meet him, you’ve got to recognize the creative genius."