Liam Neeson Can't Be Racist, Because of How He Kissed Viola Davis in 'Widows,' Michelle Rodriguez Suggests

Liam Neeson can't possibly be a raciest—despite admitting to roaming the streets in search of a "black b*****d" to kill—according to his Widows castmate Michelle Rodriguez. The actor defended Neeson while speaking to Vanity Fair on Wednesday.

Appearing on the red carpet at the amfAR Gala in New York, Rodriguez called the outrage against Neeson "f**king bulls**t."

"Liam Neeson is not a racist," she said. "Dude, have you watched Widows? His tongue was so far down Viola Davis's throat. You can't call him a racist ever. Racists don't make out with the race that they hate, especially in the way he does with his tongue—so deep down her throat. I don't care how good of an actor you are. It's all bulls**t. Ignore it. He's not a racist. He's a loving man. It's all lies."

Neeson starred as Davis' husband in the 2018 film, which included a number of scenes depicting the character's affection for one another.

British news site, The Independent, released a report including Neeson's quote of hoping to blunder a black person on Monday. During an interview with the publication, Neeson shared a moment of his past when someone close to him revealed she had been raped by a black man while he was out of town filming. Neeson said his anger after learning of the incident sparked his bloodthirst for revenge.

"I went up and down areas with a cosh, hoping I'd be approached by somebody. I'm ashamed to say that, and I did it for maybe a week—hoping some 'black b*****d' would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could kill him," Neeson confessed.

The interview resulted in an outpouring of people on social media labeling the Cold Pursuit actor as racists. He refuted the claims while appearing on Good Morning America on Tuesday. According to Neeson, his desire to target someone wasn't out of hate for a specific race, but his "primal urge to lash out" and avenge his friend's rape.

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