Wednesday, June 23, 2021

Spike Lee Addresses Liam Neeson’s Racist Rape Revenge Controversy

Spike Lee

*Acclaimed director Spike Lee has spoken out about Liam Neeson’s startling comments about seeking revenge on a black person after his friend was raped.

The actor recently shared a story about his reaction to finding out his friend had been raped many years ago by a Black male, saying he sought racially-charged revenge and hoped “some ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at [him] about something […] so that I could kill him.”

Now, Lee has weighed in on the controversy during an appearance on “The Andrew Marr Show.”

“I don’t know why he did it but he did it so he’s going through it now,” he said. “I don’t understand what he was doing. It’s a crazy, crazy, bizarre world we live in.”

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Lee went on to recall how he once tried to cast Neeson for a film that has yet to receive funding.

“We haven’t got the money for that film but one day we will,” he said. “But I don’t think I’ll be going back to him. He’s too old now. That was a long time ago. It’s bad all around.”

Lee added: “I heard he was promoting his new movie about revenge. I know he is Catholic. Is this a form of confession?”

After the unforgiving backlash against him, Neeson insisted he wasn’t racist.

“I’m not racist, this was 40 years ago,” the Hollywood icon said on “Good Morning America.” ”I was brought up in the north of Ireland. The Troubles. The ’60s, ’70s, and ’80s. There was a war going on in the north of Ireland. I had acquaintances who were involved in the trouble. The bigotry. One Catholic would be killed, the next day a protestant would be killed. I grew up surrounded by that, but I was never surrounded by it.”

He continued: “We all pretend we’re all politically correct. But sometimes you just scratch the service and you discover this racism and bigotry, and it’s there.”

Ny MaGee
Ny MaGee is a screenwriter and freelance reporter from Chicago -- currently living in Los Angeles and covering A-list entertainment for various outlets, including Emmys.com. She has worked for: Miramax, MTV & VH1, The Jim Henson Company, Hallmark Channel, Paramount Pictures, and for iconic indie film producer Roger Corman.

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