Viggo Mortensen Shocks Fans by Saying N-Word While Promoting New Movie

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While promoting his role in the new drama Green Book, actor Viggo Mortensen dropped the N-word at a press conference. "The use of the word within the black community has always been debated, and its usage should continue to be examined within the black community". According to accounts from the Q&A, Mahershala Ali was asked about the use of hate speech throughout generations.

After he said the slur guests in the audience and the panelists on the stage tensed up, including Mortensen's black co-star Mahershala Ali.

"I was there last night too and it was by far the most weird and uncomfortable moment I've ever witnessed at a Q&A", another attendee tweeted.

In his subsequent apology, Mortensen said, "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".

According to the Daily Mail, Mortensen reportedly said in discussing race in America, "For instance, no one says [the N-word] anymore", using the full word. "And that's when he went, 'I'm gonna go off on a tangent here, but it's important, and I don't like saying the word", before uttering the word. And, even though Viggo Mortensen has apologized and seems honest, this certainly isn't doing the movie any favors.

"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", Mortensen's statement continues.

It's worth mentioning that an executive at Netflix, Jonathan Friedland, was recently fired for using the word while describing offensive words in comedy, only to later repeat the word in front of two African-American employees.

'It is a lovely, profound movie story that I am very proud to be a part of'. Megyn Kelly also revently departed NBC after making on air comments defending the use of blackface in Halloween costumes.

"Green Book" centers on a tour of the Deep South in the 1960s by Jamaican-American pianist Don Shirley (portrayed by Ali) and a bouncer serving as security (played by Mortensen).

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