Liam Neeson Says He's Not Racist After Backlash For "Black Bastard" Comments
UPDATE: Liam Neeson took to Good Morning America, where he said he wasn’t racist following the backlash he faced for admitting he wanted to kill a “black bastard” almost 40 years ago after his friend was raped by someone black.
“It really shocked me, this primal urge I had,” Neeson said, speaking to Robin Roberts. “I did seek help. I went to a priest who heard my confession.”
Roberts then confronted Neeson about how he asked his friend about the color of her attacker.
“You didn’t ask if the person was tall or short, big or small. You immediately went to race,” Roberts said.
Neeson didn’t deny this, but then said he would’ve had the same reaction had his friend said her rapist was white.
“If she had said an Irish, or a Scot, or a Brit or a Lithuanian I know I would have felt the same effect,” Neeson said. “I was trying to show honor, stand up for my dear friend in this terrible, medieval fashion.”
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“And I’ve never admitted that…,” the actor said during a recent interview.
Liam Neeson is currently on a press junket for his new film Cold Pursuit and during a recent interview the actor revealed he once wanted to kill a “black bastard” after his friend was raped by a black person.
The personal story came about when Neeson was asked about his Cold Pursuit character Nels Coxman, who exacts revenge on a drug gang after his son is killed.
“She handled the situation of the rape in the most extraordinary way,” Neeson said during an interview with the Independent. “But my immediate reaction was…did she know who it was? No. What colour were they? She said it was a black person.”
“I went up and down areas with a cosh, hoping I’d be approached by somebody. I’m ashamed to say that, and I did it for maybe a week – hoping some [Neeson gestures air quotes with his fingers] ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could kill him,” he continued.
“It was horrible, horrible, when I think back, that I did that,” he said. “And I’ve never admitted that, and I’m saying it to a journalist. God forbid.”
Neeson’s story has since received backlash on social media, with people wondering why Neeson decided to share the story as well as how racist it is.
That Liam Neeson interview is just so saddening (and yes, still racist). It reinforces the idea that people of colour, and especially black men, are collectively responsible for the misdeeds of one. And that when a woman is sexually violated, it's a man who is left truly wounded.
— Ash Sarkar (@AyoCaesar) February 4, 2019
Well, I've seen it all now. Liam Neeson admitted to going around trying to find a black person to kill because someone he was close to got raped by a black person, and the journalist spoke to a psychologist to help contextualise his racism and included it in the article? WILD.
— Elizabeth Pears (@BizPears) February 4, 2019
Source: The Independent