Actor Liam Neeson turned heads after a recent interview revealed that he once wanted to hand out fades to Black people after his friend was raped. The Taken franchise star’s racist revelation caught the attention of other celebrities who blasted Neeson for his quip.
In an interview in The Independent, Neeson explains that the rape of a friend sparked him to roam the streets in search of a “Black bastard” to beat up out of anger. Naturally, Neeson has endured quite a bit of flack for it and he’s already on the apology tour at the moment.
Still, the damage of the statement was done and beyond those who aren’t in his field, other known figures took to Twitter to shout down Neeson for his dangerous and divisive admittance.
We’ve collected some of the responses below.
Liam Neeson is today’s example of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) February 4, 2019
Is Liam Neeson running for governor of Virginia?— David Alan Grier (@davidalangrier) February 4, 2019
When you see why Liam Neeson is trending pic.twitter.com/CLhTRqzvV3— Padma Lakshmi (@PadmaLakshmi) February 4, 2019
Reporter- It’s a pleasure to meet...— Tony Posnanski (@tonyposnanski) February 4, 2019
Liam Neeson- I HAD THE KNIFE AND JUST WANTED TO KILL ANY BLACK PERSON FOR BEING BLACK!
Reporter- *throws out all questions* Go on.
Liam Neeson admitting he camped out in front of pubs, waiting and hoping to kill a black man is... not what I expected to read about this Monday morning pic.twitter.com/9Fv2x0dPpV— Sarah Jeffery (@sarahjeffery) February 4, 2019
Shame on you Liam Neeson.— Samantha Mumba (@samanthamumba1) February 4, 2019