Loose Women panellists brand Liam Neeson ‘disgusting’ and ‘racist’

Loose Women panellists brand Liam Neeson ‘disgusting’ and ‘racist’

February 5, 2019 By mediabest

Loose Women’s Nadia Sawalha and Janet Street-Porter brand Liam Neeson a ‘disgusting racist’ as they address ‘career-ending’ ongoing row

Loose Women’s Nadia Sawalha and Janet Street-Porter branded Liam Neeson ‘disgusting’ and a ‘racist’ after the actor sparked a race row with his comments on how he reacted to learning that a loved one had been raped.

On Monday, the actor, 66, told The Independent in a recorded interview, which is included below, that he had wandered around looking for a ‘black b***ard’ to ‘kill’ in a misguided attempt at revenge.

Speaking about his comments on the daytime talk show on Tuesday, the actress, 54, said that the Taken star’s admission was ‘career-ending’, while the journalist, 72, added that he had been ‘racist, pure and simple.’ 

Horrified: Loose Women’s Nadia Sawalha and Janet Street-Porter branded Liam Neeson a ‘disgusting racist’ as they addressed ‘career-ending’ ongoing row on Tuesday

Janet called Liam ‘disgusting’, as she claimed his reaction ‘sounds like something from a film’ that a vigilante would do.


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She added that ‘the problem is we want actors to set high moral standards,’ but said she wasn’t ‘surprised’ because ‘actors blur the lines between the movies and real life.’

While Nadia explained that there was no ‘grey area’ when it came to his comments, as she added that she was ‘shocked’ when she saw the news.

Shocked: Janet Street-Porter added that he had been ‘racist, pure and simple’ and his reaction ‘sounds like something from a film’

Honest: While Nadia explained that there was no ‘grey area’ when it came to his comments, as she added that she was ‘shocked’ when she saw the news

The EastEnders star added that she ‘wouldn’t have believed this of him,’ before going on to say that she believes this ‘will be career-ending’ for him. 

Their fellow panellist Saira Khan added that she was ‘really upset’ by what Liam had said, and was ‘disgusted for him.’

She continued: ‘This is about morals, values… I actually think as a person I wouldn’t want to go and watch his films, that’s the person I am, if I was in charge of the Oscars, I would say no to Liam Neeson.’

Upset: While their fellow panellist Saira Khan added that she was ‘really upset’ by what Liam had said, and was ‘disgusted for him’

Off-putting: Saira continued, ‘This is about morals, values… I actually think as a person I wouldn’t want to go and watch his films’

Liam appeared on Good Morning America in New York on Tuesday, where he denied he was a racist and said he sought help from a priest after the incident.

Liam said he ‘understood’ the hurt his words had caused but insisted: ‘I’m not racist, this was 40 years ago. I was trying to show honour for a friend I dearly loved in a medieval fashion’.

The star said he had gone to church when he realised he had wanted to ‘unleash’ physical violence on a stranger and also confided in friends while out powerwalking.

He added: ‘I did seek help. I went to a priest, who heard my confession’.

Speaking out: Liam appeared on Good Morning America in New York on Tuesday, where he denied he was a racist and said he sought help from a priest after the incident

In the interview with The Independent, Liam admitted during the conversation that his behaviour was ‘horrible and awful’ and he had learned a lesson from it.

He explained: ‘There’s something primal – God forbid you’ve ever had a member of your family hurt under criminal conditions.’

The actor said that after coming home from an overseas trip years ago he was told a loved one, who he did not name, had been raped.

Liam said: ‘She handled the situation of the rape in the most extraordinary way. But my immediate reaction was I asked, did she know who it was? No. What colour were they? She said it was a black person.

‘I went up and down areas with a cosh, hoping I’d be… approached by somebody – I’m ashamed to say that – and I did it for maybe a week, hoping some ‘black b******d’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could kill him.’

He went on: ‘It took me a week, maybe a week and a half, to go through that. She would say, “Where are you going?” and I would say, “I’m just going out for a walk.” You know? “What’s wrong?” “No no, nothing’s wrong.'”

He admitted it was a ‘horrible’ time and he’s learned a valuable lesson from his ‘awful’ reaction. He added that growing up in Northern Ireland during the Troubles had given him insight into the ‘primal need for revenge’ and how destructive that can be.

Candid: In the interview with The Independent, Liam admitted during the conversation that his behaviour was ‘horrible and awful’ and he had learned a lesson from it

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