The one thing actor Liam Neeson didn’t take into consideration in his brutally honest admission of how he reacted after learning a family member was raped by a black man is how intolerant the liberal media is when it comes to all things racial.
Never mind that Neeson, born in Northern Ireland, shared his “primal” reaction to the woman being raped only to point how wrong he was to feel that way.
The 66-year-old actor raised eyebrows in an interview with The Independent when he spoke of an incident that happened many years ago to say his initial reaction was to kill some “black bastard.”
“She handled the situation of the rape in the most extraordinary way,” Neeson said of the family member. “But my immediate reaction was — I asked, did she know who it was? No. What color 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 ‘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 took me a week, maybe a week and a half, to go through that. She would say, ‘Where are you going?’ and I would say, ‘I’m just going out for a walk.’ You know? ‘What’s wrong?’ ‘No no, nothing’s wrong.’”
Liam Neeson: ‘I walked the streets with a cosh, hoping I’d be approached by a “black b******” so that I could kill him’ – Listen to his full comments in our exclusive interview https://t.co/jdWzfip1rI pic.twitter.com/Ma14TG8pNj
— The Independent (@Independent) February 4, 2019
Granted, it’s a troubling recollection. However, Neeson, who starred in “Schindler’s List,” was being honest about it as a learning experience.
“It was horrible, horrible, when I think back, that I did that. And I’ve never admitted that, and I’m saying it to a journalist. God forbid,” he said. “It’s awful. But I did learn a lesson from it, when I eventually thought, ‘What the f–k are you doing,’ you know?”
But in hypersensitive post-Obama America, admitting that human beings have base differences and that in moments of anger or frustration, it’s instinctual to fall back on those differences — prejudice was an inherent defense mechanism for early man — just won’t do.
And this is not exclusive to Caucasians, despite what the progressive left wants you to believe.
Instead, Neeson is being punished for his honesty. Vilified by those pushing a political agenda that people of color are forever victims of a racist world — a central tenet of the left’s “critical race theory” is that all white people are inherently racist, beneficiaries of some mythical “privilege” because of the color of their skin.
Again, his admission was troubling and there’s no justification for what he said — and Neeson seemed to acknowledge that when he said of telling the media, “God forbid.”
There are few coming to his defense, but one such person is John Barnes, an England soccer legend.
Barnes insisted the story is being spun by those with an agenda, repeatedly pointing out that Neeson said he “was ashamed and horrified by what he felt.”
“He’s not ashamed and horrified at wanting to commit the act of revenge,” he said of Neeson. “He’s ashamed and horrified because that is what he thought about all black people.”
He also noted that in the moment, “you can’t blame Liam Neeson for thinking what he feels because this is — and this was a while ago — what society showed him that black people do.”
“This is what society has wrongly showed him,” he continued. “This is what the media has wrongly portrayed to him.”
"The story has been spun. What he's done is tell the truth" – Former England footballer @officialbarnesy defends Liam Neeson after the actor said he had thoughts about killing a black person after a friend was raped.
— Sky News (@SkyNews) February 5, 2019
Nonetheless, some things are better left unsaid… or you’ll be painted as a racist pig on a killing spree.
Piers Morgan compared Neeson’s “staggeringly racist” comments to the actions of the KKK, saying he believes the actor’s career is now in “serious trouble.”
“There’s no self-awareness,” he said on Good Morning Britain. “It’s the indiscriminate nature of this revenge he talks about. He’s talking about any black person who he can find an excuse to kill. It’s like Ku Klux Klan stuff.”
The backlash also came from the right, as seen in a tweet from The Washington Free Beacon’s Alex Griswold.
“Who among us has not casually admitted during an interview that they nearly went on a racist murder spree,” he tweeted.
Here’s a sampling of other responses from Twitter, to include some in the media:
Liam Neeson has revealed that he considered carrying out a racist murder years ago after someone close to him was allegedly raped by a black man https://t.co/s7O4ohk7o4
— The Daily Beast (@thedailybeast) February 4, 2019
— Jezebel (@Jezebel) February 4, 2019
I have heard this argument tonight: Well, isn’t it better that #LiamNeeson admitted his racism and called it awful rather than be like others and hide it.
The logical extension of this line of reasoning is that contemplation of racial murder is widespread.
I reject that.
— Charles M. Blow (@CharlesMBlow) February 5, 2019
Truly disturbing Liam Neeson set out to murder a Black person. Discussing on @GMB in a mo how blaming an entire group for the alleged crime of an individual is obscene racism. Who wants to watch his films now? Racists
— Kevin Maguire (@Kevin_Maguire) February 5, 2019
Liam Neeson tells the world he wanted to lynch a stranger and people are arguing over whether or not he should be forgiven. I..whew. NOPE.
— Mikki Kendall (@Karnythia) February 5, 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
‘I contacted Liam Neeson’s publicist to ask if they would discuss this story further. They declined.’
Oh I’d imagine so.
— Emma Kelly (@TooManyEmmas) February 4, 2019
So I guess Liam Neeson just publicly admitted he’s racist, huh pic.twitter.com/r33F7Bzdzr
— 𝐭𝐫𝐞𝐲 𝐭𝐚𝐲𝐥𝐨𝐫 (@treytylor) February 4, 2019
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