In an interview which demonstrates some shockingly racist biases, Hollywood star Liam Neeson has revealed he wanted to kill a random black person in retaliation for the rape of someone close to him.
Speaking to The Independent at a press event for his upcoming film Cold Pursuit, Neeson described a moment in his past where he felt beating a black stranger to death was the appropriate response to the violent sexual assault.
The 66-year-old said the survivor of the initial incident did not know the identity of the perpetrator, but told Neeson they were black.
Neeson hesitantly said that for a week, “I went up and down areas with a cosh” in the hopes that he would be accosted by someone he air-quoted as a “black bastard” – and that their initial aggression would give him an excuse to kill them.
“I’m ashamed to say that – and I did it 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,” Neeson said.
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 actor went on to express remorse for his actions, saying “I did learn a lesson from it, when I eventually thought, ‘What the fuck are you doing,’ you know?”
But that self-reflection hasn’t diminished the implication of his decision to specifically ask for the perpetrator’s race in lieu of their identity, nor does his regret erase the unequivocally racist decision to target a random black person as an act of retribution.
His statement also carries the implication the only reason he didn’t beat a black person to death was because none crossed his path.
It’s a genuinely stunning admission from an entertainment industry stalwart. You can read the full piece HERE.
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