Liam Neeson Insists He’s “Not a Racist,” Says Race Was NOT A Factor
Liam Neeson has been under fire since yesterday after he used the words “black bas****” while he was telling a story about wanting to hunt down a black man who allegedly raped his friend.
The “Taken” actor appeared on “Good Morning America” on Tuesday to try and clear his name and clarify what he meant.
The Blast reports that Neeson spoke to Robin Roberts and insisted that he was “not a racist.”
Roberts then proceeded to ask Neeson if he would have had the same reaction if his friend had told him that she had been raped by a white person, to which he immediately replied, “Oh, definitely.”
“If she’d have said an Irish, or a Scot, or a Brit, or a Lithuanian, I know it would have had the same effect. I was trying to show honor, to stand up for my dear friend,” he said.
Neeson apologized for the way his words were taken and added that it was just his primal instinct to try and protect his friend.
“There’s something primal, God forbid you’ve ever had a member of your family hurt under criminal conditions,” he added. “I’ll tell you a story. This is true.”