Viggo Mortensen Apologizes For Using N-Word
According to this very recent picture we can say that there is strong evidence that Viggo Mortensen (L) is not racist at all and the incident with the N-word was just an unfortunate accident. He and and his co-star Mahershala Ali pose in press room at the 22nd Annual Hollywood Film Awards on November 04, 2018 in Beverly Hills, California – Photo: Rodin_Eckenroth/Getty Images North America.
Green Book actor Viggo Mortensen has released an official apology for using the N-word on a panel proceeding a screening of his film Wednesday at the ArcLight Cinemas Hollywood, according to a recent report of the well known entertainment industry news magazine Variety.
“I have no right to even imagine the hurt that is caused by hearing that word in any context,” Mortensen’s statement read “especially from a white man.”
News of the incident at the Film Independent screening of Green Book, sponsored by the Hollywood Foreign Press Association, first broke online as shocked audience members tweeted the reactions to Mortensen’s use of a racial slur.
Variety has corroborated Twitter accounts by three separate individuals in the room about this incident involving Viggo Mortensen.
In a conversation moderated by Film Independent programmer Elvis Mitchell, Viggo Mortensen spoke about cyclical and generational use of hate speech, according to several audience members in attendance. Viggo Mortensen offered his thoughts on the matter in a question addressed to co-star Mahershala Ali. He used the N-word specifically as an example of speech that’s no longer common in conversation. But still, it’s use in the moment “shifted the energy” of an otherwise meaningful and poignant conversation, one of the individuals present said.
While several accounts on social media expressed understandable shock, the individuals Variety spoke with said the moment was more “uncomfortable” than it was intentionally confrontational.
Viggo Mortensen has since released a full apology stating, “Last night I participated in a Q&A session moderated by Elvis Mitchell following a screening of Green Book in Los Angeles. In making the point that many people casually used the “N” word at the time in which the movie story takes place, in 1962, I used the full word.
Although my intention was to speak strongly against racism, I have no right to even imagine the hurt that is caused by hearing that word in any context, especially from a white man. I do not use the word in private or in public. I am very sorry that I did use the full word last night, and will not utter it again.
One of the reasons I accepted the challenge of working on Peter Farrelly’s movie Green Book was to expose ignorance and prejudice in the hope that our movie story might help in some way to change peoples’ views and feelings regarding racial issues. It is a beautiful, profound movie story that I am very proud to be a part of.”
Co-star Ali and Film Independent have not responded to request for comment.