LIAM NEESON's attempt to clarify the controversial comments he made in an interview to promote his new film was greeted with anger online.
The Irish actor was eligible for serious criticism after comments The independent claiming that he once walked up the street with a weapon looking for "a black b ***** d" to kill after a good friend was raped.
Neeson has since continued to clarify his remarks during a performance at Good morning America, telling host Robin Roberts:
"A female journalist asked me how I used it and I remembered an incident in which a very dear friend of mine was brutally raped.
"And I was out of the country, when I came back, she told me about it, she treated the situation incredibly bravely, but I never felt this feeling before, which was a primary urge to beat, I asked her if you were the person It was a man, his race, she said he was a black man.
"I thought OK, and then on some evenings I deliberately went into black areas in the city that wanted to go out, so that I could unleash physical violence, I did it four or five times."
He explained to Roberts that he was seeking help from a priest, talked to his good friends about his anger, and added that he was "not racist."
However, the reactions have been received with contempt by many people.
Actress Kelechi Okafor was one of those who expressed her disappointment about Neeson's remarks and she & # 39; dangerous & # 39; called.
I am so disgusting and disappointed. There are white men around the world who are walking around today looking for black people to do damage. Liam Neeson's account is a grim reminder of that.
– Kelechi Okafor (@kelechnekoff) February 5, 2019
We conduct dangerous conversations without measures being taken for the emotional problems it causes in black people.
What would the parents of Stephen Lawrence say to the admission of Liam Neeson?
– Kelechi Okafor (@kelechnekoff) February 5, 2019
Tariq Nasheed also made a grim comparison.
If a black actor said he wanted to take revenge on random white people because of the injustices of people who believe in white supremacy, he would be called Black Identity Extremists and would be placed on every FBI watchlist. He would not be praised as Liam Neeson
– Tariq Nasheed (@tariqnasheed) February 5, 2019
It was a viewpoint that was repeated elsewhere.
How people respond to this. Imagine that an A List Black actor said the same about YT people. It would be splattered everywhere in the ether. Because he said it … crickets .. Sileeeeence .. As Martin would say .. Sileeeeence .. pic.twitter.com/b97lRXZk9d
– David X 2 U (@ famous14u) February 5, 2019
Imagine, imagine Idris Elba or Forester Whitaker say they had been looking for a week for a random hate crime against a white man.
I do not think anyone would forgive so quickly.
Siri, show me white privileges.https: //t.co/fSgem2y04x
– Hannah Al-Othman (@HannahAlOthman) February 4, 2019
The independent& # 39; s music correspondent Roisin O & # 39; Connor also noted that the Irishman had not apologized for his statements.
Frustrating that so many people interpret Liam Neeson's comments as an "apology." He did not apologize. He said that he & # 39; startled & # 39; was of the anger that he felt. He refuses to admit that the motivation behind his actions was racism, and not just a desire to avenge his friend.
– Roisin O & # 39; Connor (@Roisin_OConnor) February 5, 2019
This criticism was repeated by others on Twitter.
I keep seeing men say, "I want to avenge sexual violence against someone you care about, I've felt it," without acknowledging that 100% is not what Liam Neeson was talking about. It is not a "revenge" to kill an innocent person of the same race who has done something bad.
– Audra Williams (@audrawilliams) February 5, 2019
Model and LGBT + activist Munroe Bergdorf thought: if what Liam Neeson said is not racist, then what?
Liam Neeson says: "I am not racist" after I have spoken in an interview.
"I walked through the streets with a cosh, hoping that I would be approached by a" black bastard "so that I could kill him".
At this point I am eager to know what is actually racism in the minds of white racists.
– MUNROE 👑 (@MunroeBergdorf) February 5, 2019
The way the media dealt with the situation also came up for criticism.
What the interview with Liam Neeson has shown is that the incoming radio and the day programs of TV shows will use every excuse to debate & # 39; & # 39; whether there are circumstances in which it is justified to commit a racist murder.
And so social progress moves backwards.
– Ash Sarkar (@AyoCaesar) February 5, 2019
Black / Asian people: you know that society is pretty racist
Liam Neeson: let me tell you about this one time
Media: RACISM! WHO KNOW ABOUT THIS ??
– Anita Singh (@anitathetweeter) February 5, 2019
And the fact that Neeson repeated the anecdote.
Liam Neeson: I am not racist and I will prove this by repeating word for word my racist anecdote https://t.co/jhddn2wcAN
– Hadley Freeman (@HadleyFreeman) February 5, 2019
Neeson has received some support online, with many resounding thoughts from John Barnes.
Football legend @officialbarnesy says he thinks that actor Liam Neeson "deserves a medal" for his honesty about the fact that he once had violent thoughts about killing a black person.
The latest news about the impact of the actor's comments here: https://t.co/8Fj7hBJVdU pic.twitter.com/iM111RXL6G
– Sky News (@SkyNews) February 6, 2019
– Jeremy Vine (@theJeremyVine) February 5, 2019
Many saw the story and the way the media treated Neeson as another example of "white privilege & # 39 ;.
If you need an example of white privilege, this story of Liam Neeson is in 4K, they will run it and praise his courage and honesty, Shame on all those black people who even try to understand where he is from & # 39; shame.
– JustVic (@_Simmons) February 5, 2019
I see many white people calling for public approval from Liam Neeson because he was honest and admitted he was wrong. I want to point out that he did not say WHY he was wrong. There was no explicit ownership of racism, white supremacy, white privilege, etc. – pretty damn important.
– Charlotte Clymer🏳️🌈 (@cmclymer) February 4, 2019