Racist Or Not? 'The View' Host Whoopi Goldberg Defends Liam Neeson Amid Racism Allegations

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February 8, 2019 13:26 By Fabiosa

The Taken star Liam Neeson has been under fire this week following comments that many see as racist.

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In his interview with The Independent published on Monday, the actor admitted he was walking the streets looking for a "black b*****d" to kill after someone close to him was sexually assaulted by a black man. He later clarified his comments on GMA, saying he was "shocked" and "hurt" by his own thinking clouded by "primal rage."

Many stars took to social media to denounce his comments. Here are a few responses from Twitter:

However, many of those who know the Irish-born actor personally came to his defense. And those include The View host Whoopi Goldberg, who never shies away from voicing her opinions.

Whoopi Goldberg says Liam Neeson is not a racist

Goldberg, who has known Neeson for years and is friends with him, insisted on her show that he is not a racist.

Having been a victim of racism herself, the host sure knows how to recognize a racist and is adamant Neeson is not one of them:

I’ve known him a pretty long time, I think I would have recognized, I’ve been around a lot of real bigots. I can say this man is not one.

You can’t be surprised that somebody whose loved one is attacked is angry and wants to go out and attack.

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She also reminded viewers not to take his words out of context, as the actor said he recognized his clouded thinking as wrong and sought help.

What he did go on to say is that he realized that it was too dark for him, he went and got himself help.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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Michelle Rodriguez also defends Neeson

Michelle Rodriguez, who starred with Neeson in Widows (2018), might have offered one of the most convincing arguments in his defense.

At the amfAR Gala New York on Wednesday, the actress said she believes Neeson can’t be a racist. She recalled a scene in Widows, in which the actor passionately kisses co-star Viola Davis:

You can’t call him a racist ever. Racists don’t make out with the race that they hate.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

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