‘An example of white privilege’ – Fans angry as Liam Neeson refuses to apologise for ‘black b*****d’ comments

‘An example of white privilege’ – Fans angry as Liam Neeson refuses to apologise for ‘black b*****d’ comments

LIAM NEESON’S attempted clarification of the controversial comments he made in an interview to promote his new film has been greeted with anger online.

The Irish actor came in for serious criticism following comments made to The Independent claiming he once walked the streets with a weapon looking for “a black b*****d” to kill after a close friend was raped.

Neeson has since gone on to clarify his comments during an appearance on Good Morning America, telling host Robin Roberts:

“A lady journalist asked how I tap into that and I remembered an incident where a very dear friend of mine was brutally raped.

“And I was out of the country. When I came back she told me about this. She handled the situation incredibly bravely. But I never felt this feeling before which was a primal urge to lash out. I asked her did you know the person. It was a man. His race? She said he was a black man.

“I thought OK. And after that, some nights I went out deliberately into black areas in the city looking to be set upon so that I could unleash physical violence. I did it four or five times.”

He went on to explain to Roberts that he sought help from a priest, spoke to his close friends about his anger, adding that he’s “not racist”.

The comments have been met with scorn by many online though.

Actress Kelechi Okafor was among those to express her disappointment at Neeson’s comments, branding them "dangerous."

Tariq Nasheed also made a stark comparison.

It was a viewpoint echoed elsewhere.

The Independent's Music correspondent Roisin O'Connor also noted the Irishman had not apologised for his statements.

That criticism was echoed by others on Twitter.

Model and LGBT+ activist Munroe Bergdorf pondered the question: If what Liam Neeson said isn’t racist, then what is?

The media's handling of the situation also came in for criticism.

And the fact Neeson repeated the anecdote.

Neeson has received some support online though with many echoing the thoughts of John Barnes.

However, many saw the story and the media's handling of Neeson as another example of "white privilege".