Liam Neeson says he wanted to kill a black person after his friend was raped
Liam Neeson has admitted he wanted to kill “some ‘black bastard'” after a friend of his was raped, saying the thoughts now fill him with horror.
- Neeson recounted the story in an interview with The Independent while promoting his new movie
- He said that after being told the rapist was black, he “went up and down areas with a cosh”
- He said the incident happened some time ago
The Northern Ireland-born actor recounted the story in an interview with The Independent while promoting his new thriller Cold Pursuit, about a father who seeks violent revenge for his son’s death.
He said the incident happened some time ago.
In the interview, Neeson said that after being told the rapist was black, he “went up and down areas with a cosh (a makeshift weapon) — I’m ashamed to say that— for maybe 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,” he added.
“She would say ‘where are you going?’, and I would say, I’m just going out for a walk, nothing’s wrong.”
“It was horrible, horrible, when I think back, that I did that and I’ve never admitted that, and I’m saying it to a journalist. God forbid.”
Neeson, 66, said the episode taught him a lesson about the “primal need” for revenge.
The actor, who grew up in Northern Ireland during the decades of violence known as the Troubles, said: “I understand that need for revenge, but it just leads to more revenge, to more killing and more killing, and Northern Ireland’s proof of that.”
Neeson’s publicist did not immediately respond to a request for comment, The Independent said.
Many social media users expressed their shock at his admission.
Liam Neeson being ready to take any Black life over what one person allegedly did just shows how meaningless and inconsequential black lives are to some. Even him telling the story demonstrates a level of privilege and understating that there may not be repercussions.
Well, I’ve seen it all now. Liam Neeson admitted to going around trying to find a black person to kill because someone he was close to got raped by a black person, and the journalist spoke to a psychologist to help contextualise his racism and included it in the article? WILD.
In no way am I defending Liam Neeson… but the fact that he spoke on it unprovoked… no one even knew about it… he brought it up and knew the consequences.. better than him getting caught/almost and saying “oh by the way/well”
Many of us who are black or brown have been on the receiving end of this kind of antipathy. It’s not uncommon. Kudos to Liam Neeson for so honestly admitting (in the Twitter age!) to a shameful impulse he had long ago which he learned from. It couldn’t have been easy. #StillAFan