"Lying White Guilt Trash": Angry Fans Protest 'Green Book's' Oscar Win By Sabotaging Its Wikipedia Page
The film’s Wikipedia page has since been revised.
The 2019 Oscars saw Spike Lee receive his first Academy Award of his career, as well as Ruth Carter receiving the Best Costume Design award for her work in Black Panther (Carter is the first black person to win the award). But the night’s biggest award — Best Picture — went to Green Book.
The comedy-drama has received a divided response since its release and even more so during the awards season. Not only have critics complained about the way it portrays race relations, but even family members of the main character the film is based on — Don Shirley, who is portrayed by Mahershala Ali — have criticized it.
Well, fans angered by the movie’s Oscar win let their feelings be known when they took to the Green Book‘s Wikipedia page and made edits throughout it. Although the page has since been put back to normal, on late Sunday night the page was a mess. Someone had edited the title of the film to say “Lying White Guilt Trash,” while other users targeted the film’s director and producer Peter Farrelly and Nick Vallelonga, respectively.
GUYS PLEASE GO ON THE WIKIPEDIA PAGE FOR GREEN BOOK RIGHT NOW pic.twitter.com/YsLjYiYaD2
— [anne cries] (@erinsolives) February 25, 2019
For Farrelly, someone had added the words “sexual harasser” to his name (Farelly reportedly used to flash his penis on set), while Vallelonga had the words “serial liar and islamophone” added to his (Vallelonga said he’d seen “Muslims in Jersey City cheering when towers went down” in a 2015 tweet about 9/11).
this is how the green book wikipedia page looks like right now I’m dying pic.twitter.com/eD9AGicvPk
— clara (@swiftieclara) February 25, 2019
Someone had also briefly changed the film’s title to “Wack Ass Oscar Bait” on the Wikipedia page for the 91st Academy Awards.
— Thomas C. Born (@Zaplyn) February 25, 2019
Even though Green Book record number of black winners took home Best Picture, this year’s Oscars had a . So at least there’s that.