Lily Allen dedicated her scathing track ‘Fuck You’ to Liam Neeson, following recent racist remarks made by the actor including a desire to commit murder based on someone’s race.
Earlier this week, Taken star Liam Neeson found himself in hot water after sharing that he had previously had felt compelled to commit a racist murder as an act of revenge for a friend who had been raped.
The actor shared his reaction after discovering that his friend’s rapist was black: “I went up and down areas with a cosh, hoping I’d be approached by somebody – I’m ashamed to say that – and I did it for maybe a week, hoping some ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could kill him,” said Neeson.
“It took me a week, maybe a week and a half, to go through that. She would say, ‘Where are you going?’ and I would say, ‘I’m just going out for a walk.’ You know? ‘What’s wrong?’ ‘No no, nothing’s wrong.’”
Neeson went on to say that to make such a racist assumption was “horrible, horrible”.
Introducing her track at a Sydney gig last night, Allen said: “Normally, I dedicate this song to Donald Trump, but tonight I’m dedicating it to Liam Neeson.”
The upbeat yet scathing song, which includes the lyrics “You’re just some racist who can’t tie my laces. Your point of view is medieval“, was followed up by some clarifying comments via Allen’s Instagram story.
Allen wrote: “I don’t believe Liam Neeson’s racist anecdote, which makes it even more disgusting.
“I don’t know a woman who hasn’t been harassed and I have NEVER heard of an instance where a man has actually gone out to defend her honour. It just doesn’t happen.”
Yesterday, the actor defended himself amidst the controversy on Good Morning America.
“I’m not racist, this was 40 years ago, I was brought up in the north of Ireland.” Neeson said, “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.”
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