Black History Month got off to a great start yesterday when we all heard the racist tale of yore of how Liam Neeson once reacted to the rape of a close friend by walking the streets hoping that some random black man would mess with him so he could kill that random black man as an act of revenge against his friend’s rapist (who she said was black). The W,T, and F keys on thousands of keyboards are probably broken today because that’s what everyone pounded in response to Liam’s story. Liam was on Good Morning America today to promote his newest revenge movie Cold Pursuit, and says that he’s not racist and that the racist revenge thoughts that ran through his brain back then were healed through power walking!
Robin Roberts of GMA brought up Liam’s story, and he responded by telling the story again. He said that he only brought it up because the “lady journalist” asked him how he tapped into the feeling of revenge for the movie. Liam said it happened about 40 years ago when he was in his 20s, and when he found out his friend was raped, a primal urge to get revenge filled him. After asking her what race her rapist was, he spent four or five nights going into black neighborhoods in Ireland hoping that a black man would fuck with him so he’d have a reason to kill that random man in retaliation for what another man did.
“I had never felt that feeling before, which was a primal urge to lash out. I asked her, ‘Did you know the person? Was it a man? His race?’ She said it was a black man. I said okay. It was this primal hatred. There were some nights I went out deliberately into black areas in the city looking to be set upon so that I could unleash physical violence. I did it, I’d say, maybe four or five times until I caught myself on. And it really shocked me, this primal urge I had. It shocked me and it hurt me. I did seek help. I went to a priest, I was Catholic, I talked to two very good friends, and believe it or not, power walking. Two hours every day to get rid of this. I’m not racist. This was forty years ago.”
"I'm not a racist."
— Good Morning America (@GMA) February 5, 2019
Liam said he is not a racist now, and wasn’t racist then. Robin said that a lot of people had a problem with him asking his friend about her attacker’s race, but he said he also asked her about the man’s height, etc… If his friend’s rapist was Lithuanian, he’d want to beat down a Lithuanian, and if his friend’s rapist was a white Irishman, he’d beat down himself, I guess…
“If she had said an Irish or a Scot or a aBrit or a Lithuanian, I know it would have had the same effect. I was trying to show honor to and stand up for my dear friend in this terrible medieval fashion. And I’m a fairly intelligent guy, that’s why it kind of shocked me when I came down to earth after having these terrible feelings. Luckily no violence occurred, ever, thanks be to God.”
Robin asked Liam if given the chance, would he have actually killed some innocent random black man in a hate crime, and it seemed like he would’ve. He said that he hopes him sharing that disturbing mess will open up more discussions about bigotry.
Okay… but all of this for a movie that’s probably going to get beat by Legos at the box office?
I was going to say that what I learned from this is that the cure to racist thoughts is power walking!!! But then I realized that all the KKK does is march around in those stupid white hoods. They must not put enough power (not white power) in their walk.