Liam Neeson is on an apology tour after revealing that he once fantasized about killing black men when his friend was raped by a black man. Luckily, he’s found an ally in Widows co-star Michelle Rodriguez, who said that Neeson couldn’t possibly be racist after sharing an intimate kiss with Viola Davis in the film.
The absolutely bonkers quote was reported by Vanity Fair:
“It’s all fuckin’ bullshit. Liam Neeson is not a racist,” said Rodriguez at the amfAR Gala New York on Wednesday night. “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 bullshit. Ignore it. He’s not a racist. He’s a loving man. It’s all lies.”
How far one puts one’s tongue down another’s throat—or any other sexual activity—is a flawed barometer of one’s racial animus. History and run-of-the-mill dating horror stories provide ample proof of this.
Unsurprisingly, Neeson’s ham handed grapplings with what he assures are former racist sentiments are seen as worthy of nuance. Meanwhile, the idea of a racist having sexual contact with someone they’re racist against isn’t granted a shred of it. The notion is absolutely incomprehensible to people like Rodriguez due to what can only be summed up as “ew cooties.”
Whether Neeson truly power walked the racism out of his system or not, the idea that a movie kiss with Davis proves that he’s not racist is absurd.
Happy Black History Month, everyone!