I’m not even remotely surprised to hear that the latest feel-good movie about how we’re all the same under the skin is a complete fiction:
Green Book is a ‘culturally tone deaf’ portrayal of a friendship that never was.
It is a ‘shameful travesty’, inaccurate to the point of fiction that diminishes an exquisitely talented man and casts him as supporting actor in the story of his own life.
And for the movie to win an Oscar would be ‘a slap in the face for communities of color.’
This is the view of Dr Donald Shirley’s family, speaking out in the week that the movie, billed as a heartwarming tale of the unlikely friendship between the black pianist and an Italian American who was briefly his driver, is nominated for five Oscars including Best Picture and Best Actor and Supporting Actor.
The movie focuses on a tour of the segregated south undertaken by Shirley at the height of the Jim Crow era in 1962.
Written by Nick Vallelonga, it charts the supposed friendship that grew between Shirley and the screenwriter’s father Tony ‘Lip’ Vallelonga.
But today, in an exclusive interview with DailyMailTV, Shirley’s last surviving brother, Maurice, 82, has slammed the movie, for which no family members were consulted, as ‘a symphony of lies.’
These movies are designed to make white people feel good about themselves. Which, of course, is why so many black people rightly despise them.