Actor Liam Neeson’s candid admission and apology this week for a previously unknown bout of racism that once affected him reportedly spurred the entertainment giant Lionsgate into canceling a scheduled red carpet event Tuesday for his new film “Cold Pursuit.”
“Lionsgate on Tuesday canned the red carpet for the New York City premiere of Liam Neeson’s new film ‘Cold Pursuit,’ after the actor admitted decades-old thoughts of wanting to kill some ‘black bastard’ when a close friend told him she was raped,” Fox News reported.
In a stunning interview with The Independent published Monday, the 66-year-old actor admitted that he had responded irrationally when 40 years ago a black man raped a close friend of his.
“She handled the situation of the rape in the most extraordinary way, but my immediate reaction was — I asked, did she know who it was? No. What color were they?” he said.
“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.”
Note that Neeson was under no obligation to relay this anecdote from his past. He shared it nevertheless, perhaps to demonstrate that, one, even good men sometimes fall prey to irrationality, and two, it’s the lessons gleaned from moments of weakness that count most.
“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. It’s awful. But I did learn a lesson from it, when I eventually thought, ‘What the f–k are you doing,’ you know?” he continued in his interview.
But being as it’s now a social faux pas — and practically illegal — for white men to make mistakes, let alone try to seek redemption, the identity politics-driven left pounced following the publication of the interview, with the actual racists in the Democrat Party equating him to a lyncher.
In response, the award-winning actor appeared on ABC’s “Good Morning America” Tuesday morning to address the growing criticism and tell his side of the story.
“I did seek help,” he said of the irrational feelings he experienced after the rape. “I went to a priest who heard my confession. I was raised a Catholic. I had two very good friends that I talked to, and believe it or not … power walking. Two hours every day to get rid of this.”
“I’m not racist, this was nearly 40 years ago. But because I was brought up … in the north of Ireland and brought up in the Troubles, the 60s, 70s and early 80s …”
Unlike the coddled “safe space” babies of contemporary America who believe that words that offend them are violence, the actor knows what real hatred looks like. How so? He experienced the Northern Ireland Conflict (also known as The Troubles) firsthand during his youth.
“There was a war going on in the north of Ireland and I had acquaintances who were involved in The Troubles, the bigotry,” he said. “One Catholic would be killed, the next day a protestant would be killed. One Catholic pub would be bombed, a protestant pub would be bombed. I grew up surrounded by that, but I was never part of it.”
Neeson also admitted during the interview that he’d have responded in a similar manner had his friend said that her rapist was a white Irish man or white Scottish man, etc.
“If she had said an Irish or a Scot or a Brit or a Lithuanian, I know it would have had the same effect,” he said. “I was trying to show honor and stand up for my dear friend in this terrible medieval fashion. And I’m a fairly intelligent guy and that’s why it shocked me when I came down to earth after having these horrible feelings. Luckily, no violence occurred ever, thanks be to God.”
Despite these forthright admissions, far-leftists continue to pile on the actor, because apparently, honesty, growth, forgiveness and redemption mean absolutely nothing to them.
AntiBlackness, white supremacy, and cognitive dissonance looks like you being empathetic/understanding about Liam Neeson’s racist domestic terrorism desires, while also believing Black Americans should simply “get over” chattel slavery + its effects.
— TheKorTurn (@TheKorTurn) February 6, 2019
So disappointing to read how an actor I used to consider an idol turned out to be a racist pic. Sadly he does not fancy Twitter so we all would take our thoughts to him. #LiamNeeson
— Abrahám (@HonestoAbe) February 6, 2019
#LiamNeeson is a racist and he knows and I know it.
— Larry Hoskins (@petejohnson1952) February 6, 2019
I will never watch another movie you’re in. You are racist, evil and a liar. Who told you it’s okay to take the life of God’s creation? Scripture clearly labels those who follow such anti-christ like behavior. #LiamNeeson
— Valerie Thomas (@1170Thomas) February 6, 2019
And it’s only one week in! Place your bets! Who’ll win?
— Jackie Summers (@jackfrombkln) February 6, 2019
Liam Neeson has always thought that way, it just boiled over to the surface. Racism doesn’t just develop over night. Homie been racist
— 2/15 Dirty 30th ♒️ (@SheCallsMeKing) February 6, 2019
While common sense appears to be in short supply on the radical left, it’s not in short supply in the rest of society, where quite a few have rushed to Neeson’s defense, including legendary former English soccer player John Barnes.
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