Mahershala Ali Says Viggo Mortensen's Use of The N-Word was "Hurtful"

Photo Credit: Green Brook movie.

Although Mahershala has accepted Viggo Mortensens's apolgy, he states he used the n-word during a post-screening Q&A session of "Green Brook" on Wednesday night.

Mortensen issued an apology, "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,” Mortensen said. “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.”

In response to the apology, Ali states, “However well-intended or intellectual the conversation may have been, it wasn’t appropriate for Viggo to say the n-word. He has made it clear to me that he’s aware of this, and apologized profusely immediately following the Q&A with Elvis Mitchell,” he said. “Knowing his intention was to express that removing the n-word from your vocabulary doesn’t necessarily disqualify a person as a racist or participating in actions or thoughts that are bigoted, I can accept and embrace his apology.

'Green Brook' will be in theaters next friday, November 16th.