That ‘Green Book’ Oscar Win Is So Our Country Right Now

“Green Book” chronicles the real-life friendship between piano virtuoso Dr. Donald Shirley, played by best supporting actor Oscar-winner Mahershala Ali, and Tony Vallelonga, played by Viggo Mortensen, who served as his driver.
The film has faced criticism by some for seeming to reinforce the “white savior” trope used by Hollywood time and again in films having to do with race.
The movie’s big win sparked a social media conversation that seized on phrases often used to express how not racist someone is, when in fact what they are saying can be construed as racist as hell.
Writer and former ESPN host Jemele Hill helped kick it off after she responded to a tweet that read: “Green Book doesn’t see color.”
“Green Book thinks you’re so articulate,” Hill countered.
    An avalanche of commentary followed, including “Green Book says it has black friends.” “Green Book wishes they’d just keep politics out of football,” “Green Book wants to touch your hair” and “Green Book doesn’t want you to find his medical school yearbook from the 80s.”
    And of course, the tweet which noted that “all movies matter.”


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