This morning we brought you Piers Morgan’s reaction to this now global discussion.
A lot of people in the comments pointed to the irony of Piers – who has his own chequered past – berating someone else for their behaviour, which to be fair is a good point.
But in case you aren’t aware of the story, let me get you up to speed.
Liam Neeson recently did an interview with The Independant where he made the admission that he once walked the streets ‘with a cosh’, hoping to find a ‘black b*stard’ to kill, following the abuse of someone close to him.
His comments sparked outrage online and now the 66-year-old actor has addressed the furore around his comments by appearing on Good Morning America today.
He explained his comments:
“The topic of our film is revenge. The lady journalist was asking me ‘how do you tap into that’ and I remembered an incident nearly 40 years ago.”
“I was out of the country and when I came back she told me about this and she handled the situation herself incredibly bravely I have to say that but I had 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 ‘it was a black man’. I thought ok and after that there were some nights I went out deliberately into black areas looking to be set upon. And I did it maybe four or five times until it caught myself on and it really shocked me.
“It shocked me and it hurt me. I did seek help, I went to a priest, I was reared Catholic. Believe it or not, power-walking, two hours every day to get rid of this.
“I’m not racist. This was nearly 40 years ago. I was brought up in the north of Ireland and brought up in the troubles, the 60s, 70s and early 80s. There was a war going on in the north of Ireland and I had acquaintances that were involved in the troubles.
Liam was then asked whether he would have the same reaction if the attacker had been a white man to which he responded: “If she’d have said an Irish, a Scot, A Brit, a Lithuanian, I know it would have had the same effect.
“I was trying to show honour, stand up for my dear friend in this terrible medieval fashion and I’m a fairly intelligent guy and that’s why it shocked me when I came down to Earth after having these horrible feelings. Luckily no violence occurred, ever.
“It’s a learning curve. We all pretend we’re all politically correct, I mean in this country and my own country too, sometimes you just scratch the surface. You discover this racism and bigotry and it’s there.”
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