Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Terry Crews Wants a Re-do on His Liam Neeson Comments: ‘I Was Not Defending Him’

*Terry Crews wants to make sure you know where he’s coming from as far as Liam Nesson is concerned.

Crews spoke with ET’s Courtney Tezeno about his recent tweets regarding actor Liam Neeson’s controversial comments about walking the streets in a predominately black area to avenge the alleged rape of a female friend by walking the streets looking a “black bastard” to kill. Neeson told his sordid tale to British news outlet, the Independent.

(You can HEAR Neeson tell his story via the player above.)

“A lot of people thought I was defending him, and I wasn’t,” Crews tells ET at the Spotify Presents the Best New Artist 2019 Party on Thursday. “I was not defending him. I was just saying that basically he was looking back at his life and the fork in the road was that, hey, he could have been a basic racist [supremacist] kind of guy. That was my point. It was more of an observation of what was going on and people mistook it as I was giving him a pass.”

Crews’ original response to the story was this comment via Twitter:

“I believe that every person on earth is capable of the greatest good, or unspeakable evil. Liam is just describing his fork in the road.”

He went on to add, “I’m not defending him at all. In fact, he absolutely revealed what births a white supremacist. But what’s worse is those who practice it and NEVER reveal it.”

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Needless to say Crews’ comments weren’t all the well received by a lot of folks, including rapper Wale who replied to the tweet with this:

“Na. No. Nope. Liam is trash. We losin Brothers all the time because of this proverbial ‘fork’. Na fam.”

On Thursday, Crews went on to explain to ET, “I’m a black man! I’ve been hunted. How in the world could you even construe that as a pass?”

The actor notes that he’s had opportunities in life to make the wrong choice as well, saying …

“There have been many, many times I’ve come very, very close to not being here. I’m from Flint, Michigan. I could be in jail. I could be dead, and I took the other road. But that’s the point I was making. Does it excuse him? Not at all. But the fact is that he didn’t.”

Crews, who went public with his alleged sexual assault last year, noted that to move forward parties involved in these issues must hold themselves accountable and also be able to forgive.

“I am a black man in America. I’ve been a target. I’ve been assaulted. It’s one of those things where I would never, ever have any kind of patience for that,” he says. “But this is the deal too, it’s that forgiveness and accountability go hand in hand.”

 

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