Published: Thu, February 07, 2019
Arts&Culture | By Matthew Castillo

Rapper Wale Slams Terry Crew Over His Support For Liam Neeson

Rapper Wale Slams Terry Crew Over His Support For Liam Neeson

Like John Barnes, who said the Taken star "deserves a medal" for his remarks, the 63-year-old actress defended Liam, saying she's "been around a lot of real bigots", but she doesn't count Liam as one.

The Hollywood star provoked widespread criticism after he told The Independent that he had walked the streets armed with a cosh, hoping he would be approached by someone "so that I could kill him" after his friend told her she was attacked by a black man.

Calls for a boycott of the latest instalment in the Men In Black franchise, in which Neeson plays the head of a United Kingdom branch of a secret service, were accompanied by suggestions that he be removed from the film, which is due to be released in June. "He told me that our human brains are here to help us gain awareness of our thoughts, and that generalizations such as those expressed by Neeson are, of course, fundamentally flawed".

"You also have to understand the pain of a black person hearing what you said", she said. I don't know a woman who hasn't been harassed and I have never heard of an instance where a man has actually gone out to defend her honour.

"I'm not racist. This was almost 40 years ago", Neeson continued. "I was trying to show honor and stand up for my dear friend in this awful medieval fashion".

"And at the time, even though this was almost 40 years ago, I didn't think about that, all those things surprised me, but it was this primal hatred, I guess, that really shocked me, when I eventually came down to earth and saw what I was doing, looking for a fight".

Neeson said he did ask his friends all of those things, and if she said a white man raped her he would've had the same reaction.

"I did it for say, maybe four or five times until I caught myself and it really shocked me, this primal urge. It shocked me. It hurt me".

"The bigotry, one Catholic would be killed, the next day a Protestant would be killed, one Catholic pub would be bombed and a Protestant pub would be bombed. Luckily no violence occurred".

Yet the social media backlash has continued unabated. Some have called for him to be banned from the Oscars or even put out of work for good. The film serves as a remake of the 2014 Norwegian film, In Order of Disappearance, and finds Neeson playing a snowplower seeking revenge for the murder of his son.

Like this: