Actor Liam Neeson got personal in an interview with Clémence Michallon from Independent to discuss his new movie, Cold Pursuit. The resulting revelation has cast the actor into a new light that may just kill off his career.
In the interview, Neeson admits that after someone close to him was raped by a black person, he would walk through streets in hopes a black person would confront him so he could beat him to death with a cosh.
Liam Neeson: ‘I walked the streets with a cosh, hoping I’d be approached by a “black b******” so that I could kill him’ – Listen to his full comments in our exclusive interview https://t.co/jdWzfip1rI pic.twitter.com/Ma14TG8pNj
— The Independent (@Independent) February 4, 2019
The sobering, shocking revelation caught both the journalist and co-star Tom Bateman by surprise.
Twitter was aghast.
Me looking into why Liam Neeson is trending pic.twitter.com/tAKfaMkPVB
— Ben ?? (@IRL_Ojousama) February 4, 2019
Me seeing Liam Neeson trending: “I hope he’s okay, I love his movies…”
*checks Twitter to see why Liam Neeson is trending*
— ?️eagle:?+?=? (@FlyLikeAB_Eagle) February 4, 2019
Liam Neeson: I used to hunt black people in pubs pic.twitter.com/JsWDh3J9uA
— Crunchin on yo balls in a one horse open sleigh (@Royallytrue) February 4, 2019
* Sees why Liam Neeson is trending*
Me, at first: OK, maybe they're blowing this thing out of proportion, I mean, how bad could it be?
*reads Liam Neeson's* interview*
Me, at this moment: pic.twitter.com/XDWStZNdlT
— Just Nita (@Sw33tH3art666) February 4, 2019
Interviewer: So Liam, you have a movie coming out correct?
Liam Neeson: I once wanted to murder a random black man for a week because I was upset at another black person.
— BeMoreKindVT (@CorgiMasterVT) February 4, 2019
There’s a difference between feeling extreme anger towards an individual and directing that anger towards a group. If anyone did that to someone I loved and I had the opportunity to hurt them, I definitely would. There’s a good chance I would kill them.
What Neeson described is not righteous anger. It’s an anger directed at a group of people based solely on one thing: skin color. That’s racism even if it’s based on reaction to extreme emotions, in this case anger.