The internet is horrified by Liam Neeson's racist murder comments

5 February 2019, 13:18 | Updated: 5 February 2019, 13:27

By Sam Prance

Liam Nesson revealed that he wanted to kill a "black bastard" after a friend was raped...

Liam Neeson has come under fire for a racist admission in a recent interview.

The 66-year-old actor was doing press for his new film Cold Pursuit when he made the shocking confession seemingly out of nowhere. He told The Independent that he once considered committing a racist murder after a female friend of his was allegedly raped by a black man. "She handled the situation of the rape in the most extraordinary way but my immediate reaction was, I asked, did she know who it was?"

WARNING: Some details ahead may upset readers.

Liam Neeson admits to racism in Cold Pursuit interview
Liam Neeson admits to racism in Cold Pursuit interview. Picture: Laura Hutton/PA Wire/PA Images

He then added: "No. What colour were they? She said it was a black person. 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 [making air quotes with his fingers] ‘black bastard’ would come out of a pub and have a go at me about something, you know? So that I could kill him.”

Neeson then backtracked saying that it “was horrible, horrible, when I think back, that I did that and I’ve never admitted that, and I’m saying it to a journalist. God forbid." Then trying to explain his shocking admission about his planned racist revenge he said: "It’s awful but I did learn a lesson from it, when I eventually thought, ‘What the fuck are you doing,’ you know?…"

"I come from a society—I grew up in Northern Ireland in the Troubles—and, you know, I knew a couple of guys that died on hunger strike, and I had acquaintances who were very caught up in the Troubles, and I understand that need for revenge, but it just leads to more revenge, to more killing and more killing, and Northern Ireland’s proof of that.”

Unsurprisingly, the entire internet is horrified by the revelation. Here are just a few of the reactions.

Liam is yet to respond to the backlash. This article will be updated if a statement is made.