February 18, 2019

Fellow actors defend Liam Neeson over controversial comments

08 February 2019, 03:48 | Elsie Buchanan

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Liam was thrown to the wolves this week when he recalled a moment forty years ago when he prowled the streets seeking revenge for a friend of his who was raped by a black man. He admitted how insane his intentions were, stating: "It's very bad". "I know that you're getting crucified in many ways for saying what you did - and you're not shying away, you're admitting that it was wrong - but you have to also understand the pain of a black person hearing what you said".

Presenter Andi Peters has joked on TV about Liam Neeson's racist comments made in a recent interview, showing himself locking his front door in case the actor is "in the area".

"It's all f-ing bullsh-". "Dude, have you watched "Widows?' His tongue was so far down Viola Davis" throat".

As an A-list movie star who has lived and worked in a country polarised by race for more than 30 years and commands $20 million a film, that's the moment you think: "Maybe I won't launch into a racist anecdote, after all". "It's all f*ckin' b*llshit", the Fast and Furious star remarked, pointing out that Liam was even making out with Viola Davis in Widows.

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While hosting Good Morning Britain, Susanna Reid Morgan said Neeson's comments were "like Ku Klux Klan stuff" and Morgan compared Neeson's situation to that of Mel Gibson - Mel was shunned by Hollywood back in 2004 after being accused of making anti-Semitic comments. It's all bulls--. Ignore it. He's not a racist. "He's a loving man", she said. "I'm not racist. This was almost 40 years ago", he insisted, adding, "We all pretend we're all politically correct".

"You can't be surprised that somebody whose loved one is attacked is angry and wants to go out and attack", she said.

He had been describing his reaction when the female acquaintance confided in him about being raped and said: "I asked, did she know who it was? No".

"So I can say this man is not one".

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"That is a dark-skinned woman of color, at 53 years old, kissing Liam Neeson".

On Tuesday, Neeson told "GMA" that he had felt a "primal urge to lash out" at the time.

There's a tiny intake of breath before Liam Neeson says the words that may just end his career. "But it was this primal hatred, I guess, that really, really shocked me when I eventually came down to earth and I saw what I was doing".

Neeson, who has been promoting his revenge thriller Cold Pursuit, attempted to clarify his controversial admission on Good Morning America this week. "I was trying to show honour to my, stand up for my dear friend in this bad, medieval fashion", Neeson said.

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"It shocked me and it hurt me".

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