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Liam Neeson proves that confession is good for the soul but gets you no grace on Social Media

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Liam Neeson proves that confession is good for the soul but in the days of Social Media you might not get a lot of grace. In the days before the internet the actor famous for the “Taken” series and other movies could have said what he said and it would have appeared on page 30 or the newspaper and gone away. Not today.

What did Liam Neeson say that was so bad? He admitted to like 40 years ago wanting to kill any black man because a friend was raped by a black man.

In an interview with The Independent that went viral on Monday, Neeson said, “There’s something primal – God forbid you’ve ever had a member of your family hurt under criminal conditions … My immediate reaction was I asked, ‘Did she know who it was?’ No. ‘What color were they?’ She said it was a black person.”

Social Media immediately has lashed out at Liam Neeson for being a racist. He is trying this morning to explain his position but of course it is only getting worse.

“We were doing a press junket and the topic of our film was revenge,” he said. “The lady journalist was asking, ‘How do you tap in to that?’ and I remembered an incident nearly 40 years ago when a friend of mine was brutally raped I was out of the country and when I came back she told me about this … I had never felt this feeling before which was a primal urge to lash out.”

He continued, “I went out deliberately into black areas in the city looking to be set upon so I could unleash physical violence. I did it maybe four or five times until I caught myself, and it really shocked me — this primal urge I had. I shocked me and it hurt me.”

Neeson sought help from a priest and several good friends after the incident, adding that power-walking two hours a day was therapeutic for him as well.

“I’m not racist,” he insisted. “This was nearly 40 years ago. I was brought up in Northern Ireland … there was a war going on, and I had acquaintances who were involved in the troubles, in the bigotry … I grew up surrounded by that. I was part of it.”

Liam Neeson is 66 years old and may not understand the savagery of social media. He may have felt safe confessing to these feelings for revenge from 40 years ago. But probably should’ve kept them to himself and just used it as inspiration for another killer movie. Read below some of the comments from those who were triggered by his comments.

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