Earlier this week, actor Liam Neeson gave a candid and surprising interview with the Independent. Neeson spoke to the reporter in support of his new movie titled “Cold Pursuit,” in which his character takes revenge against the drug cartel because he believes they killed his son. Neeson said that for him to portray a vengeful person, he channeled his anger that he struggled with 40 years ago. The award-winning actor revealed that it was 40 years ago that a female friend of his confided to him that she had been raped. He asked her what the perpetrator looked like, and when she expressed that her rapist was black, Neeson got angry and sought revenge.
“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 said in that interview.
Since the revelation of his “primal” instinct, Neeson has faced an enormous amount of backlash with many on social media calling him a racist. It is because of the negativity that he continues to receive that executives decided to cancel his red-carpet event for the premiere of his movie. However, at least one of his former co-stars has come to his defense, though with a rather odd point of view.
Actress Michelle Rodriguez said Neeson isn’t racist because he kissed actress Viola Davis in a movie.
The “Fast and The Furious” star said on Wednesday during a red-carpet event that Neeson couldn’t possibly be racist because of his open-mouth kiss during a scene in their movie. The actors all stared in the film “Widows,” which was released last year.
“It’s all fuckin’ bullshit,” Rodriguez said, according to Vanity Fair. “Liam Neeson is not a racist. Dude, have you watched ‘Widows’? His tongue was so far down Viola Davis’s 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 comment certainly got the attention of people on social media.
“His tongue was so far down Viola Davis’s throat. You can’t call him a racist ever"~ Michelle Rodriguez
Her litmus test for racism is a person's ability to kiss a BW, vs their confession to wanting to randomly kill an innocent Black person. Notedhttps://t.co/C1BHEJvTW1
— Shanita Hubbard (@msshanitarenee) February 7, 2019
It’s incredibly bizarre for Rodriguez to believe one thing is related to the other.
Some pointed out the historical context between racist white men and black women.
Someone please tell Michelle Rodriguez that slave owners routinely raped Black women. That didn’t absolve them from being racists. Her defense of Liam Neeson is insulting.
— Stephanie. (@qsteph) February 7, 2019
Rodriguez seems to be a bit clueless about the facts of this country.
Others compared her dismissive comment to that of Gina Rodriguez’s “anti-black views.”
Im gonna need my Latina women to stay out of black men and women matters if it doesn't support them. Michelle Rodriguez and Gina Rodriguez pic.twitter.com/3tntpXleP4
— elisheva (@adiaperchanger) February 7, 2019
We will have to wait and see if Rodriguez responds to her backlash regarding Neeson, or if other actors come to his defense.
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