Liam Neeson has folks clutching their pearls after he made an unsettling confession while promoting his new film, Cold Pursuit.
The 66-year-old actor admitted that decades ago, he went on a week-long hunt for a “black b–tard” to kill after a family member was sexually assaulted by a black man.
Liam told a journalist for The Independent, “My immediate reaction was,” Neeson said before pausing. “I asked, did she know who it was? No. What color were they? She said it was a black person.”
Neeson said he then “went up and down areas” with a baton “hoping I’d be approached by somebody.” Neeson admitted he is “ashamed” by his actions.
“I’m ashamed to say that – and I did it for maybe a week, hoping some ‘black b–tard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could,” – he paused again – “kill him.”
Listen to the interview below.
Of course, people took to the streets of social media with their reactions to Liam’s confession.
Peep the tweets below.
Liam Neeson is today’s example of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.
— Jemele Hill (@jemelehill) February 4, 2019
Liam Neeson is definitely a reminder that there are folks who walk around hoping to provoke Black people so they can kill us.
A lot of them are in law enforcement and politics.
— George M Johnson (@IamGMJohnson) February 4, 2019
Wait so Liam Neeson went lookin for ANY black person to kill because his sister was assaulted by ‘A’ black person?
Black History Month is really poppin off early, wow. pic.twitter.com/OQNimbZ1Pt
— A West (@ayyy_west) February 4, 2019
Me looking into why Liam Neeson is trending pic.twitter.com/tAKfaMkPVB
— Ben 🐝🐻 (@IRL_Ojousama) February 4, 2019
Ellen is about to forgive Liam Neeson on her show and say "Look I've known this guy since 1862, haha he mistook me for a horse & carriage valet, and I gotta say, he hasn't got a racist bone in his body!"
— bolu babalola (@BeeBabs) February 4, 2019
When you see why Liam Neeson is tending… https://t.co/t7twtMHmTp
— Jay 🖕🏼🎃🖕🏼 (@_champagnepepe) February 4, 2019
Me seeing Liam Neeson trending: “I hope he’s okay, I love his movies…”
*checks Twitter to see why Liam Neeson is trending*
— Spooky 🎃 🅱️eagle: 🐝 + 🦅 = 🐶 (@FlyLikeAB_Eagle) February 4, 2019
When you see Liam Neeson trending, then you find out why… pic.twitter.com/svP8jY7qDu
— Jacob Graveson – Beyond Fest Bound (@JacobDavison_) February 4, 2019
“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."
Not how old were they? How tall were they? You just asked what colour were they? I don't care how sorry you are, Liam Neeson, that is disgusting. https://t.co/sCDVTBCBIx
— Hannah Al-Othman (@HannahAlOthman) February 4, 2019
What are your thoughts on Liam Neeson’s confession?