Liam Neeson: Racist or Nah?

I’m sure that almost everyone with a hue as dark as mine has been made aware of this tea, but just in case, I will fill you all in.

Liam Neeson did an interview for The Independent a few days ago to promote his upcoming movie, Cold Pursuit. The story is about a man who’s son dies of a heroin overdose. The man then becomes a vigilante when he finds out that his son was in fact  murdered by a drug cartel, and he searches the town to find this man…and kill him. I’m sorry, I just couldn’t resist.

During the interview, the journalist asks Liam Neeson if he has ever been in a similar situation in real life, where he was so intent on finding someone to avenge them for something they had done. For some reason, Liam responds by telling a story of how a close friend of his told him that she had been raped by a man. He asked his friend if she knew the man and she said she didn’t. Liam then asked her what colour he was, and she said that he was a black man. He didn’t mention for any other physical description except for his skin colour. Apparently that was all he needed, because shortly after hearing the account from his friend, he then proceeded to wander the streets with a weapon for about a week, looking for any black man and just hoping that they would start an argument with him so that he could kill them. Well actually, if you listen to the audio, his exact words were that he wanted to kill the first “black bastard” that started on him. He said the words “black bastard” with so much passion that I’m honestly wondering if Liam Neeson still feels this way.

Now, as I’m sure you’ve guessed, I have so much to say on this topic but I’m just going to provide a few choice words. Firstly, why did Liam even need to tell this story? He literally just dug himself his own grave for no apparent reason. He could have lived his full life as he has been without ever telling anybody that story. He insists that he wanted to put it on the table because it needs to be discussed, but why would you ever think that this would do you any good or paint you in a positive light? The fact that he was so willing to speak to a journalist shows that he doesn’t think it was that big of a deal.

Secondly, and this is my main point here, WTF!? Now let’s just point out the obvious from the start: of course it is terrible that his friend got raped, regardless of the skin colour of the rapist, it is a horrible and traumatic situation which I would never wish on my worst enemy. However, your solution is to wander around with a weapon, looking for any random black person who crosses you so you can take it out on them? I don’t care what all these people who are trying to be on his side are coming out with, this is racial profiling at its very best, or worst even. I hate to break it to you Liam, but all black people don’t look the same. I know a lot of white people think that. Believe me, I’ve been called the wrong name at work before, because apparently there is no need to be aware of the distinction between the three black girls in the entire office. However, breaking news, we are all separate individuals. So Liam, when some black people do despicable things, such as what happened to your friend, this does not mean that all black people are alike. The fact that some black men have raped women does not mean that all black men are rapists. So what would this cold pursuit of yours have changed? How is taking your anger out on the first black man you discover, and inflicting pain on their family, going to help your friend in any way?

Liam Neeson rapidly went on Good Morning America shortly after the audio from his interview went viral, no doubt ordered to do damage control by his team. The interviewer asked him if he would have had the same reaction if his friend had told him it was a white man who raped her. Such a brilliant question, as I was thinking the very same thing when I heard the story. Liam replied that he absolutely would have had the same reaction. He went on to say that “if he was Irish, a Scot or Brit or a Lithuanian, he knows he would have had the same reaction.” Ahhh but Liam, no no no. You didn’t ask your friend what country he was from. You asked what colour he was. Apparently the country he was from didn’t matter when he was a black individual. Oh another fun fact about black people, we’re not all from the same country.
The interviewer also asked Liam how he got over this deep level of rage, and he replied that, aside from speaking to a priest, he would also power walk for two hours a day. Wow, really? So you just walked the racism off, that’s what you’re trying to tell me? Okay cool, you walk it out then Liam.

If I’m going to be objective, I understand that certain traumatic experiences can trigger something in people. And unfortunately, if that trigger sets off any violent urges, the victim can then take his anger out on “surrogates” who strongly resemble the person who is the source of the victim’s trauma. I watch Criminal Minds, so I get it. However, Liam Neeson was not the one who went through this traumatic experience. He is not the victim. Of course I’m not saying it would have been okay if the victim herself went around killing random black man. But at least that would have made more sense. I may have been able to buy that rather than you having prejudice towards our race, this was merely just an unfortunate result of a traumatic experience. However if my friend tells me she was sexually assaulted by a Chinese man tomorrow, as angry and devastated as I would be for her, I would not set out to attack the next Chinese man I encounter who pisses me off. That is simply ridiculous, and I believe that Liam Neeson was clearly using this experience at his own convenience, to do what I feel he has probably wanted to do to black men a long time before his friend told him that story.

What really baffles me is the celebrities that have defended him in his statements. Terry Crews said that he didn’t think he was a racist, and that Liam was simply at “a fork in the road” and went down the wrong path for a moment. Whoopi Goldberg insisted that he wasn’t a bigot, oh and the most idiotic and ridiculous defence, Fast & Furious actress Michelle Rodriguez. She recently came out and said that Liam Neeson was definitely not a racist, and could not be a racist because of the way he was kissing his co-star Viola Davis in the movie Widows. You know when you didn’t really know much about a person, but then they come out with just one thing which confirms that they’re actually an idiot. Yep, that’s Michelle Rodriguez. Firstly Michelle…isn’t he an actor? So if he is a racist, acting like he likes black women should be something he should be able to do right? I’ve seen all the Takens and his skills are up there, so I’m sure he could act like he likes black pum pum where necessary. Secondly, as Charlamagne pointed out on The Breakfast Club just yesterday, during slavery weren’t a lot of the female slaves raped by the slave-masters on the plantation? Didn’t quite a few of the masters pursue affairs with the slaves and end up impregnating them? Does that mean the slave-masters aren’t racist because they clearly desire black women? Michelle, please be quiet and stick to driving cars on-screen recklessly as opposed to talking recklessly. It’s not a good look babe.

I would love to end this by saying that Liam has joined the “cancelled list” for me personally, however I don’t really watch his films these days anyway. Most of his movies are incredibly similar to the role he played in the Taken films, so it just feels like more of the same all the time. Once you’ve seen Taken, you’ve seen them all basically. I didn’t even know he had a new upcoming movie until this story came out. I do feel bad for the other actors in the film who are suffering as a backlash to all this, as they did cancel the premiere, which was supposed to be just a few days after the interview. But hey, I guess he’s left a lot of them with feelings of vengeance now too. Well let’s just see if any of them start to seek out random, old, white douchebags to murder for no reason.

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