AceShowbiz - Liam Neeson has been receiving backlash after what is deemed racist revenge story, but another of his fellow actors has come to his defense. Brushing off the accusations against her "Widows" co-star, Michelle Rodriguez says she believes that the 66-year-old is not a racist.
"It's all f***ing bulls***. Liam Neeson is not a racist," Michelle told Vanity Fair at the amfAR Gala in New York on Wednesday night, February 6. Supporting her argument, the Letty Ortiz of the "Fast and Furious" film franchise pointed out at how Liam passionately kissed Viola Davis in their movie "Widows" as evidence as that he doesn't hate black people.
"Dude, have you watched 'Widows'? His tongue was so far down Viola Davis' throat. You can't call him a racist ever," she claimed. "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. It's all bulls**t. Ignore it. He's not a racist. He's a loving man. It's all lies."
Liam has been under fire after admitting in an interview with The Independent that he wanted to kill a "black bastard" to seek revenge for his friend after she was raped by an unknown black man. "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," he said, adding that he eventually realized that it wasn't the answer.
Clarifying his remarks, he said on "Good Morning America" on Tuesday, February 5, "We were doing a press junket and the topic of our film was revenge. The lady journalist was asking, 'How do you tap into that?' and I remembered an incident nearly 40 years ago when a friend of mine was brutally raped I was out of the country and when I came back she told me about this ... I had never felt this feeling before which was a primal urge to lash out."
But people didn't take his explanation, forcing Lionsgate to cancel the New York City premiere of his movie "Cold Pursuit". The actor also canceled his scheduled appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert".
Michelle isn't the first to defend Liam, though. Terry Crews was recently criticized for appearing to take the "Taken" star's side. "I believe that every person on earth is capable of the greatest good, or unspeakable evil. Liam is just describing his fork in the road," he wrote on Twitter.
Wale disagreed with him, tweeting back, "Na. No. Nope. Liam is trash . We losin Brothers all the time because of this proverbial 'fork' . Na fam." The "Deadpool 2" actor then backtracked on his initial statement, saying, "This is why reading comprehension is so necessary in school. I never defended Liam Neeson. Still don't."
Meanwhile, Whoopi Goldberg who considers Liam as a good pal said on "The View" on Wednesday, "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. You can't be surprised that somebody whose loved one is attacked is angry and wants to go out and attack."