I thought Black folk would just cancel Liam Neeson and that would be the end of it. Instead, the Irish-born actor has gone on press tours attempting to explain the incident, sharing how he power walked it away. In all of his talking, he made sure to tell people that he wasn’t a racist, despite wanting to antagonize and then kill a random “Black bastard,” whether they were the person who raped his friend or not. In his mind, it was all about “revenge.”
Targeting a person based on the color of their skin is racism, Neeson. No questions asked.
DL Hughley and Terry Crews have come forward in an attempt to commend Neeson for his bravery. Strange.
Since Neeson isn’t ready to acknowledge his racism—past or present— I’m really not trying to hear anything he has to say.
But apparently, Michelle Rodriguez, his costar in the Steve McQueen movie Widows, has added her name to the list of people standing in Neeson’s corner.
According to Vanity Fair, Rodriguez claimed that Neeson can’t be racist at the amfAR gala last night. And her rationale is…incredible.
“It’s all f*ckin’ bullsh*t. Liam Neeson is not racist. Dude, have you watched Widows? His tongue was so far down Viola Davis’ throat. 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. It’s all bullshit. Ignore it. He’s not racist. He’s a loving man. It’s all lies.”
I’ll spare y’all the expletive-laden thoughts that first came to my mind and instead offer you my refined but still impassioned conclusion.
Girl, shut up!
Claims of Neeson’s racism are not “all lies” or entirely made up. They are admissions from his own mouth. They came from a story he shared without prompting or cause. And it’s a story whose impact he has yet to fully grasp.
Furthermore, I don’t want to hear about his affection for Viola Davis in a movie for which he was paid to perform. There are a lot of folk who would put their tongue all down someone’s throat if they would be paid millions of dollars to do so. It doesn’t prove he’s not racist.
For proof of this, I’d ask Rodriguez to take a gander at American history. There were men who raped and even impregnated Black women who they also owned as slaves. Are we to believe these men weren’t racist?
Make it make sense, Michelle!
Lastly, and then I’ll take my seat, in instances of outrage, oppression or discrimination, I would love for communities not directly impacted by it to sit down, shut up and defer to the group who was directly affected by the incident. In the same way it wasn’t Ellen’s place as a rich White lesbian to forgive Kevin Hart for his homophobic remarks against the Black gay men, is the same way it’s not Michelle Rodriguez’s place, as a non-Black Latinx woman, to tell Black folks that we should ignore Neeson’s disturbing ass, racist story. This is not your place and you should have never been called upon.
Let the Black community who have dealt with centuries of angry White men looking to terrorize and kill innocent Black men have the floor on this one.
See what Twitter had to say about Rodriguez’s thoughts on the following pages.