“Dude, have you watched Widows? His tongue was so far down Viola Davis’s throat,” Michelle Rodriguez said in a recent interview.
Michelle Rodriguez, who worked with Neeson on the film Widows, defended the actor during the amfAR Gala New York on Wednesday night.
“It’s all fuckin’ bullshit. Liam Neeson is not a racist,” Rodriguez said to Vanity Fair. “Dude, have you watched Widows? His tongue was so far down Viola Davis’ throat. You can’t call him a racist ever. Racists don’t make out with the race that they hate, especially in the way he does with his tongue—so deep down her throat. I don’t care how good of an actor you are. It’s all bullshit. Ignore it. He’s not a racist. He’s a loving man. It’s all lies.”
Rodriguez’s defense has since hit social media, with people calling her out for the statement.
Here’s where Michelle Rodriguez says Liam Neeson isn’t racist because he shoved his tongue down Viola Davis’ throat (ew!)—as part of his job… which is *acting*.
— Imani Gandy ☄️🌏🔥 (@AngryBlackLady) February 7, 2019
Neeson recently told a reporter during a press junket for his new movie Cold Pursuit that he wanted to kill “some black bastard” after his friend was raped by a black person.
“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.
Since then, Neeson has said that he’s not racist and that he would’ve had the same reaction regardless of who the person was.
Source: Vanity Fair