Michelle Rodriguez Defends Liam Neeson After Racism Claims
She has an *interesting* rationale ...
Earlier this week, Liam Neeson made the press rounds to promote his new movie. However, instead of sticking to a list of talking points and sharing charming stories, the actor admitted to The Independent that he once thought about murdering someone after he heard that one of his close friends had been assaulted by a Black person. He didn't just seek revenge, which is what action heroes do in their movies, he elaborated, saying that he wandered bars for over a week hoping to start a fight with any Black person in the hopes of killing them. Naturally, people didn't take the comments so well and Neeson came under fire. But one of his co-stars is standing up for him, since he's apparently gone into hiding after the misstep.
"His tongue was so far down Viola Davis’s throat. You can't call him a racist ever. Racists don't make out with the race that they hate, especially in the way he does with his tongue — so deep down her throat," Rodriguez explained. "I don't care how good of an actor you are."
What Rodriguez didn't understand is that she didn't have to speak up for Neeson, even if she was pressed for info. And even though Neeson told the press that he sought help after the incident and that it happened almost 40 years ago, it doesn't warrant a comment from someone who worked with him on a movie. She wasn't the only person to chime in, however. Neeson got support for seeing that what he thought was wrong and addressing the issues of racism and ignorance in the present day with subsequent interviews.
According to the AV Club, he tried to smooth things over during an appearance on Live with Kelly and Ryan, saying that he'd been raised in an environment that seeped in racism and bigotry.
"I just feel we need to be honest. I grew up in a society where there was a lot of bigotry in Northern Ireland between Protestants and Catholics and I’m so sick of it," he told Kelly Ripa and Ryan Seacrest. He continued the apology with the Daily Mail, adding, "If he was Irish, a Scot or Brit or a Lithuanian. I know I would have had the same reaction. Violence breeds violence. Bigotry breeds bigotry."