Liam Neeson’s saga continues as the world remains divided by the Taken star’s recent comments. When Fast & Furious franchise favourite Michelle Rodriguez offered her own opinion, the Twitterverse took her down in one fell swoop.
Neeson grabbed headlines with a shocking confession from his past. When a friend of his was raped, Neeson admitted he was in a dark place and walked the streets wanting to ‘kill a black man’.
The media hasn’t stopped talking about the incident since, which has led to some celebrities making their feelings clear.
Rodriguez starred with Neeson in Steve McQueen’s Widows, which is what prompted her response. The former Lost actor said Neeson couldn’t be racist because of the way he kissed Viola Davis in the movie.
Speaking to Vanity Fair, Rodriguez commented, “It’s all f**king bullshit. Liam Neeson is not a racist. Dude, have you watched Widows? His tongue was so far down Viola Davis’s throat.”
Defending Neeson, Rodriguez continued, “You can’t call him a racist ever. Racists don’t make out with the race that they hate, especially in the way he does with his tongue – so deep down her throat. I don’t care how good of an actor you are.”
She concluded, “It’s all bullshit. Ignore it. He’s not a racist. He’s a loving man. It’s all lies.” While she attempted to come to Neeson’s aid, the comments have caused a stir online. Posting on Twitter, people were in shock that Rodriguez thinks kissing someone of a different race means you’re automatically not a racist.
“His tongue was so far down Viola Davis’s throat. You can’t call him a racist ever"~ Michelle Rodriguez
Her litmus test for racism is a person's ability to kiss a BW, vs their confession to wanting to randomly kill an innocent Black person. Notedhttps://t.co/C1BHEJvTW1
— Shanita Hubbard (@msshanitarenee) February 7, 2019
Not being funny but Michelle Rodriguez isn’t Black nor did the racist remarks apply to her so as a POC She needs to stay in her lane. I hate it when other demographics try to speak on behalf of Black People like it’s them Liam Neeson was talking about. https://t.co/oIALZZTj1M
— Young Gambino (@EnClaudeNeuf) February 7, 2019
michelle rodriguez disregarding the violent history of the rape & abuse of black women at the hands of white men just to hype up her co-star is disgusting. its irresponsible & ugly to spread tactics that are commonly constantly used against bw in cases of abuse to excuse racism pic.twitter.com/4sWcjswbtq
— jyn erso (@shiekahslate) February 7, 2019
Someone please tell Michelle Rodriguez that slave owners routinely raped Black women. That didn’t absolve them from being racists. Her defense of Liam Neeson is insulting.
— Stephanie. (@qsteph) February 7, 2019
Michelle Rodriguez is the perfect example of what happens when you don’t mind your business pic.twitter.com/kJ4a8BW4sR
— 𝓣𝓪𝓻𝓪 𝓐𝓷𝓰𝓮𝓵 🗝☮⚛♓️ (@TaraAngel94) February 7, 2019
So, Michelle Rodriguez just wanted to get herself flamed up for some reason by offering the dumbest take ever. Got it. https://t.co/AhKdHmgd8P
— Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) February 7, 2019
After working with Davis on a personal level, How to Get Away with Murder executive producer Shonda Rhimes also questioned Rodriguez’s remarks.
The lack of historical context, bias blindness and willful ignorance required to open one’s mouth and say this about racism is mind boggling. https://t.co/vTdQoGSXMd
— shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) February 7, 2019
Since making his controversial confession, Neeson has tried to defend himself and even appeared on Good Morning America to state that he isn’t a racist. As well as highlighting the fact that the incident happened over 40 years ago, Neeson maintains that he would’ve had the same reaction no matter what the attacker’s skin colour was.
While Neeson clearly regrets making the comments and having those feelings in the first place, Rodriguez has managed to open the whole situation up again and make things 100 times worse. Maybe she should stick to action movies?
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