Michelle Rodriguez Says Liam Neeson Isn't Racist Because He Kissed Viola Davis

Danny Woods
February 8, 2019

"This is true", Neeson told the Independent's Clémence Michallon. "But also [you have to] acknowledge that the hurt of an innocent black man knowing that he could have been killed for something he did not do because of the color of his skin", Roberts said.

He had been describing his reaction when the female acquaintance confided in him about being raped and said: "I asked, did she know who it was? No".

Since the interview was released Neeson has been both berated and praised online by the public, with many on Twitter claiming that the "Taken" star is racist. "I grew up around that, but was never part of it".

"It's bad", he continued. "But I did learn a lesson from it, when I eventually thought, 'What the f*** are you doing, ' you know?"

Earlier in the day, Neeson appeared on "Good Morning America," insisting his words were taken out of context.

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The crowd loved it, loudly singing "f*** you (f*** you), f*** you very, very much" along with Allen. Come on, use your brain cells, you know. "But that primal need, I understand".

But actors so often confuse make-believe and reality, and no doubt thinking the hero of his new film Cold Pursuit is heroic because of his determination to avenge a loved one, the 66-year-old made a decision to go semi-back into character to tell a deeply personal and twisted story, in the low, muttered - and, yes, apologetic - stream-of-consciousness tones of a patient lying on his therapist's couch.

"It really shocked me, this primal urge I had". I'm just really exhausted, and I wish that if we were going to have "difficult conversations about race", it wouldn't come from the place of trying to protect a white man from his own frightful statements. He also dished that (I kid you not) "power walking" helped him alleviate his pent up aggression. I remembered an incident almost 40 years ago where a dear friend of mine was brutally raped. I am not racist.

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If you would like to talk to a counsellor about rape, sexual assault or domestic violence, give the people over at 1800 RESPECT a call on 1800 737 732. Isn't that the definition of racism? "Many have rightfully pointed out the cynicism of seeing a white person praised for publicly admitting to having harbored the desire to commit a racist murder". While Neeson has argued that he's since atoned for those actions, some are still upset by the nature of the comments.

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