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General public split over Liam Neeson comments

CONTROVERSY: Liam Neeson

ACTOR LIAM Neeson, has recently come under fire for comments branded ‘racist’ that he made during a press junket promoting his film Cold Pursuit.

Talking about the movie centred around revenge, Neeson recalled a personal incident from which he draws inspiration from.

The 66-year-old actor spoke of the time 40 years ago when he wanted to kill a ‘black b**stard’ after his friend was raped by a black man.

His comments stirred up a media frenzy, with many of the public calling out his actions, and opened up a wider discussion surrounding the demonisation of black males.

We took to the public, to see what there thought were on his comments:


Student Nara Casimiro, 32, of Strelley, Nottingham:

“Public figures need to take responsibility and be role models. If even they speak this way, the public is going to think it’s alright for them to speak like that too. This needs to stop- racism needs to stop. Such comments are unacceptable, and things need to change.”

Laura Aram, 32, of Nottingham:

“I believe that an opinion is fine, but that certain things are better left unsaid. I really think he should have kept it to himself. Whatever his opinion, it’s not always necessary to share it, in such situations.”

Clara Bonnick, 34, of Nottingham:

“Every detail of what you think, especially if it can be controversial, need not be shared. Public figures such as Neeson need to think before they speak.”


John Tormey, 55, of Gedling, Nottingham:

“I totally support him. Not for the things he said but for the fact that he admitted it and accepted it was wrong. It was silly what he did it, but he realised it was a mistake. Personally, I believe it’s honourable that he admitted his mistake, or even spoke about it because a lot of people would just brush it under the carpet.

Even some black celebrities have come out in support of Neeson, such as footballer John Barnes. He mentioned in an interview that Neeson deserves a medal for coming out about it.”

Agnieszka Klos, 37, of Forest Fields, Nottingham:

“I do understand his point, given the context. It was something personal to him. If he said it in general, yes it would be racist. But this was referring to an event from his past. Everyone holds grudges in their lives, and it does make them angry.”


Samantha Shaw, 31, Derby:

“Everyone is entitled to their opinion. And generally, the older generations rather than the young have these kinds of opinions because those were the times and culture in which they were raised.”

What do you think?

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