Dr. Don Shirley’s Family Says ‘Green Book’ Is A “Symphony Of Lies” & “100% Wrong”

The Playlist | 12/17/2018 | Charles Barfield
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If you’re following the big fall films that are in awards consideration, then you’ve no doubt read about “Green Book.” And judging by the film’s box office staying power, you’ve probably already seen “Green Book.” So, for those that have seen it, and those who have yet to see the film, the family of Dr. Don Shirley want you to know the film is full of lies.

For those not familiar with “Green Book,” the film follows the “true story” of driver Tony Lip and renowned musician Dr. Shirley, who venture on a trip through the Deep South during the early-’60s when racism was still the norm. The film earned rave reviews and serious Oscar buzz coming out of its fall festival run and has done well at the box office, mostly due to the great acting of stars Viggo Mortensen and Mahershala Ali, as well as the crowd-pleasing tone that wavers between comedy and drama without ever fully getting into controversial territory. Basically, as many critics have pointed out, the film is your typical feel-good racism movie aimed at white audiences.

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And for that reason, and many, many others, the family of Dr. Don Shirley thinks people should know that this “true story” that is likely going to get some Oscar love is not remotely close to the truth. Why? Well, it’s apparently due to the fact that director Peter Farrelly and writer (who is also the son of the real-life Tony Lip) Nick Vallelonga never once consulted with Dr. Shirley’s living relatives to help create the character for the film.

“It was rather jarring,” Edwin Shirley III (nephew of Dr. Don Shirley) said via Shadow & Act about watching “Green Book” for the first time.

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In the film, Dr. Shirley is shown to be torn up about his race, leading to a...
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