In the most recent episode of Atlanta, Liam Neeson has a scene with Brian Tyree Henry in which a napkin with the words “CANCEL CLUB” is shown.
Liam Neeson is talking about the controversy he caused three years ago when he said he once looked for any Black man to “kill.”
The Irish actor, who is 69 years old, appeared in Thursday’s episode of Atlanta with Brian Tyree Henry’s character Paper Boi. The episode was written by the show’s creator and star, Donald Glover.
Neeson and Paper Boi are sitting at a bar in the scene. When Paper Boi picks up his drink, he finds a napkin with a message on it “CANCEL CLUB”), Neeson tells him, “You may have heard or read about my mistake—what I said about what I wanted to do to a Black guy. When I was younger, any Black guy. My friend had been raped, and I did something because I was angry.”
“Man, when I look back, it really scares me,” he says. “I thought that if people knew who I used to be, it would make it clear who I am now.”
“But, after saying all that… I apologize. I’m sorry if I hurt anyone, “Says Neeson
“Well, between you and me, I still f—- with Taken,” says Paper Boi, and the two men laugh. “It’s good to hear that you don’t hate black people.”
“What? No, no, no, I can’t stand you all “Neeson is funny. “You tried to hurt my career, so now I feel that way. Didn’t work out, though. I’m sure I’ll get over it someday, but until then, we’re enemies for life.”
“But didn’t you learn that you shouldn’t say things like that?” He is asked by Paper Boi.
“Aye. But I also learned that not having to learn anything is both the best and worst thing about being white “Neeson responds and then leaves, leaving Paper Boi in a clear state of shock.
Neeson told The Independent in a 2019 interview that he wanted “revenge” after a female friend was allegedly raped. The actor said he was walking around with a gun and wanted to kill a Black man because that was the race of the man who attacked his girlfriend. He said, though, that he wasn’t looking for the alleged attacker in particular.
Neeson told a U.K. outlet at the time, “When I think back, it was awful, awful that I did that.”
Neeson talked to Robin Roberts of Good Morning America after his comments caused a lot of trouble and criticism.
“I’m not a racist,” the actor said, explaining that the incident in question happened “nearly 40 years ago” and that he “definitely” would have looked for a white man with the same anger if his friend had said her attacker was white.
He told Roberts, 61, “I know it would have had the same effect if she had said an Irishman, a Scotsman, a Brit, or a Lithuanian.”
Neeson said, “I was trying to show honor by standing up for my dear friend in this awful medieval way.” “I’m a pretty smart person. That’s why I was kind of surprised when I came back to Earth after feeling so bad. Luckily, there was no violence. I did want to fight back because my friend had been raped in a brutal way and I was trying to protect her honor. It was a good way to learn.”