Liam Neeson has been in a media firestorm ever since he said he went out to find a “Black bastard” to kill after his friend was raped by a Black man 40 years ago. A damage control interview on “Good Morning America” Tuesday was a failure and now his team is canceling any more press.
The New York City red carpet was canceled Tuesday night for the premiere of his film “Cold Pursuit” so the 66-year-old actor wouldn’t get any more questions from the media.
“That change was announced just hours before the premiere — and a few hours after Neeson tried to soften the blow of his bombshell revelation,” TMZ reported.
“The lady journalist was asking me how do you tap into [his character’s quest for revenge] and I remembered an incident nearly 40 years ago where a very dear friend of mine was brutally raped and I was out of the country and when I came back, she told me about this situation,” the Oscar winner told Robin Roberts Tuesday morning.
However, he stressed, “I’m not racist, this was 40 years ago. I had a primal urge. I was trying to show honor for a friend I dearly loved in a medieval fashion.”
Neeson also claimed that if the rapist “was Irish, a Scot or Brit or a Lithuanian. I know I would have had the same reaction.” Neeson did say that he absolutely meant to do harm to an innocent Black man, but he later sought help.
In case you missed it, during an interview, Neeson confessed to once roaming the streets in search of a random Black person to kill. “I went up and down areas with a cosh (British slang for a heavy stick or bludgeon), hoping I’d be approached by somebody — I’m ashamed to say that — and I did it maybe for 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,” Neeson told the Independent in an article published on Monday.
Neeson apparently thought it was somehow alright to make that confession without facing a backlash — as long as he admitted that his racist rage was wrong. “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 stated.
Sounds like Neeson needs to disappear for a while.