Michelle Rodriguez Says Liam Neeson Isn't Racist Because of How He Kissed Viola DavisFebruary 8, 2019
“Dude, have you watched ‘Widows?’ His tongue was so far down Viola Davis’s throat.,” Rodriguez says. “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.”
Michelle Rodriguez says that Liam Neeson is not a racist because of how he kissed Viola Davis.
While promoting his new movie "Cold Pursuit" earlier this week, Neeson told The Independent a shocking story about how he wanted to commit a racially motivated attack on black men after a friend of his was raped nearly 40 years ago.
Although he attempted to clarify the story, the "Taken" star’s controversial remarks caused a public uproar, many calling the actor a "racist." However, Rodriguez is one of the few who has come to Neeson’s defense.
Rodriguez, who starred alongside Neeson and Davis in 2018’s "Widows," said that all of the backlash surrounding Neeson is "f–king bullshit" and the makeout scene he shares with Davis in the drama prove it.
"Liam Neeson is not a racist," Rodriguez said at the amfAR Gala New York on Wednesday night," according to Vanity Fair. "Dude, have you watched ‘Widows?’ His tongue was so far down Viola Davis’s 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," she added. "It’s all bullshit. Ignore it. He’s not a racist. He’s a loving man. It’s all lies."
On Tuesday morning, Neeson attempted to clarify his controversial statement on "Good Morning America" and expressed that not only is he not a racist, but would have had the same reaction if the alleged attacker wasn’t black.
According to Neeson, he originally brought up the incident at the junket when a journalist asked him how he tapped into the film’s topic of revenge for his role in "Cold Pursuit."
"I remembered an incident nearly 40 years ago where a very dear friend of mine was brutally raped," he told host Robin Roberts. "I had never felt this feeling before, which was a primal urge to lash out."
"I’m not racist. I was brought up in the north of Ireland. The Troubles. The 1960s, 70s and early 80s," he continued. "There was a war going on in the north of Ireland. I had acquaintances who were involved in the Troubles. The bigotry. One Catholic would be killed; the next day one Protestant would be killed … I grew up surrounded by that, but I was never part of it."
"If she had said an Irish, Scot, or a Brit, or a Lithuanian — I know I would have felt the same way," Neeson concluded. "I was trying to show honor and stand up for my dear friend in this terrible medieval fashion… It shocked me when I came down…Luckily, no violence occurred, thanks be to God."
Following "GMA," Neeson is reported to have canceled his scheduled appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" and the red carpet press meet at the New York premiere of "Cold Pursuit" Tuesday.
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