Ripples are still being felt from Liam Neeson’s shocking revelation to Britain’s The Independent that he once sought out a “random black man” to murder following a loved one’s rape.
Although the Oscar winner apologized for the incident that occurred 40+ years ago, many say the walk-back hasn’t been enough.
Tuesday night, shortly before the New York City premiere of the 66-year-old Neeson’s action film, Cold Pursuit, the scheduled red carpet was nixed.
Meanwhile, Wrinkle in Time director Ava DuVernay tweeted that Neeson’s racially charged admission proved the reality of white privilege. "When people ask me what white privilege is. Imagine if this was Will Smith," she captioned the post.
But it seems that Neeson’s remarks have been so shocking, it has prompted a call (on social media at least) for his scenes to be removed from the upcoming Men in Black film.
"Was really excited for Men in Black: International with @chrishemsworth & @TessaThompson_x. Was 1 of my most anticapated (sic) films for 2019. Hated his casting before the horrifying controversy, but now really hope it’s not too late to digitally erase racist f— Liam Neeson from it," one user wrote.
"You can literally hear Liam Neeson evaporating from all the upcoming Men in Black International marketing," wrote another.
Whoopi Goldberg, who is a friend of the Taken star, defended him on The View: "People walk around sometimes with rage, that's what happens. Is he a bigot? No. I've known him a pretty long time, I think I would have recognized. I've been around a lot of real bigots. I can say this man is not one."
She added: "You can't be surprised that somebody whose loved one is attacked is angry and wants to go out and attack.”
"What he did go on to say … is that he realized that it was too dark for him, he went and got himself help."
Source: Pulse of Radio