During a week in his life, actor Liam Neeson carried around a weapon, hoping he’d run into a “Black bastard” so he could “kill him” in some twisted racist and revenge-filled fantasy. In an interview with The Independent circulating the web, Neeson revealed one of his family members was raped and though she doesn’t know who raped her, she told him it was a Black man who committed the heinous crime against her.
“She handled the situation of the rape in the most extraordinary way,” Neeson said during a junket promoting his latest action-flick Cold Pursuit. “But my immediate reaction was … did she know who it was? No. What colour were they? She said it was a black person.
And then it got really bad.
“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.”
Neeson went on to question himself, saying, “It was horrible, horrible, when I think back, that I did that.”
Neeson volunteered this troubling story during a standard junket interview, but oddly, he didn’t see anything racist with it. Instead, he focused on the ills of seeking revenge.
“I understand that need for revenge, but it just leads to more revenge, to more killing and more killing,” he added.
Well, the Internet is collectively cancelling Neeson and you can bet there won’t be any Black people at the theaters supporting the movie he is promoting.
What the FUCK is this piece???— Wagatwe Wanjuki 🇰🇪 🇧🇸 (@wagatwe) February 4, 2019
Rich white dude center's himself after a friend is raped. Immediately jumps to seek racist revenge.
He talks about primal urges?!
And then the author tries to explain he's not racist. HE'S FUCKING RACIST.
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
Liam Neeson: ...And that’s how I learned to say no to revenge.— Defund Green Arrow’s Hillbilly Tether™️ (@IWriteAllDay_) February 4, 2019
Me, an interviewer: That was the lesson??? Not that you’re a raging racist???
Why do white people have to make our Black History Month about them? Liam Neeson could have waited to be racist in March.— #FundEducation (@_yazrocks) February 4, 2019
Me:— Bolu Babalola (@BeeBabs) February 4, 2019
Liam Neeson: I was racist for two weeks but I came out stronger x
Liam Neeson: i considered carrying out a racist murder years ago— Shan (@shanuddin889) February 4, 2019
Black twitter right now: pic.twitter.com/pQ6FdpvisI
I see the (white) journalist on the Liam Neeson piece is pleased at how well they handled his racist "past". Impressively white of them.— Limertilly (@limertilly) February 4, 2019
The stench of unexamined privilege is hanging around the whole thing.
Ralph Northam: I'm not racist, I just used shoe polish on my face to impersonate Michael Jackson— Tim Young (@TimRunsHisMouth) February 4, 2019
Liam Neeson: Hold my beer
The real question now is, why did Liam Neeson just randomly volunteer the info about his racist views? On Black History Month... He knows the industry doesn’t really punish suspected white supremacists for anti Black views. So is he sending dog whistles?— Tariq Nasheed 🇺🇸 (@tariqnasheed) February 4, 2019