Well, never did I think that the guy who made Schindler’s List would be in a row over racism but unless you’ve been living under a rock for the past week then no doubt you’ve seen a lot of backlash around Liam Neeson. What’s worse is this guy is supposed to be promoting his new movie: Cold Pursuit but it looks like that’s going to be pretty ‘COLD’ at the box office….like…I dunno if that’s a phrase or whatever but yeah…you don’t come here for the jokes.
Anyway Neeson earlier this week when promoting his new Revenge thriller gave a bit too much information away when he, for some reason, told the interviewer that he wanted to kill a black person, any black person, yes even you Will Smith, after his friend was raped by a black man.
This comment was caused when talking about the film which is about a father getting revenge for his murdered son but the comment has pretty much shocked a lot of people even in the context of that.
Liam Neeson Racist Comments
Originally in an interview with the Independent Neeson said:
“God forbid you’ve ever had a member of your family hurt under criminal conditions. I’ll tell you a story. This is true. 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 colour 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 [uses air quotes with 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.”
Obviously the internet has been in uproar with comments coming from all over the place.
Frederick Joseph said:
Even him telling the story demonstrates a level of privilege and understating that there may not be repercussions.
Phillip Henry says:
What’s most disturbing about what Liam Neeson said is everything. But what’s particularly terrifying is the idea that the death of any other Black guy would satisfy the revenge quota to the clear indication is that he knows his whiteness would protect if he followed through on it.
Incase you can’t read, The Safe Place says:
Being upset someone attacked your family is understandable, but Targeting innocent black men for a week with a weapon, when you didn’t even know WHO did it is racist. Do you know how many innocent black people have lost their lives in the past for stuff like this? THIS IS NOT OK.
It’s kinda hard to argue with this but Neeson has fought back telling ABC that he’s not racist and that he actually want to state a wider debate on Racism…ahhhhh so that’s what it was, he’s just like Schindler in a way now I think about it.
Overall it’s a bit crazy at the moment right now and I feel kinda bad for the studio who have to still promote a movie and make money after this. Naturally they’ve pulled the star studded red carpet event and the movie looks like it could either bomb or be a big hit with the KKK.
Obviously, I’d love to hear your thoughts on the entire situation and what you think will happen to the movie because of this. Will Netflix pick it up, will Neeson Act again, does the internet just love being offended?
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