Michelle Rodriguez was beaten for comments she made while defending her former widow-mediator Liam Neeson in the midst of his ongoing race controversy.
The Fast And Furious star weighed in after the Northern Irish actor induced indignation with comments he made in an interview published this week in which he remembered when he was walking down the street to "kill" a black man after he had heard that his friend had been raped.
After Liam's confession made the headlines, Michelle gave a questionable explanation why she felt he should not be considered racist.
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When she said to reporters during a red carpet event (via Vanity Fair), she said: "It's all a mess." Liam Neeson is not a racist.
"Dude, have you seen widows, his tongue was so deep in Viola Davis's throat, you can never call him a racist.
"Racists disagree with the race they hate, especially the way he does it with his tongue – so deep in her throat, I do not care how good an actor is."
She added: "It's all nonsense, ignore it, he's not a racist, he's a loving man, they're all lies."
Michelle's remarks revealed more than a few nice eyebrows on social media, many calling them out and asking others why they felt the need to speak in the first place, including the executive producer of How To Get Away With Murder , Shonda Rhimes …
The lack of historical context, prejudices about blindness and deliberate ignorance required to open up and say racism is baffling. https://t.co/vTdQoGSXMd
– shonda rhimes (@shondarhimes) 7 February 2019
Let someone tell Michelle Rodriguez that slave owners routinely raped black women. That did not excite them to be racist. Her defense of Liam Neeson is insulting.
Stephanie. (@Qsteph) 7 February 2019
Not funny, but Michelle Rodriguez is not Black and racist remarks are not applicable to her either, so as POC she has to stay on her job. I hate it when other demographic groups try to speak on behalf of Black People, as it is what Liam Neeson was talking about. https://t.co/oIALZZTj1M
– Young Gambino (@EnClaudeNeuf) 7 February 2019
Michelle Rodriguez is so damn ignorant. Only because Liam Neeson felt Viola Davis does not mean that he can not be a racist. White people can be around us and still see us as inferior and only as their sexual conquests. She must keep his mouth shut. https://t.co/lC6twq2NEa
– 💋 (@MJFinesseLover) 7 February 2019
michelle rodriguez ignoring the violent history of the rape and the abuse of black women by white men just to hype her fellow star is disgusting. are irresponsible and ugly tactics that are often used against bw in cases of abuse to excuse racism pic.twitter.com/4sWcjswbtq
– jyn erso (@shiekahslate) 7 February 2019
First, HANDELEN is his PROFESSION. Only because someone does something in a movie does not mean that they like to do it.
Secondly, it is a logical fallacy. It is the same as saying, "A woman can not hate children if she is a mother herself." Https://t.co/2azhvSN5PR
– Black Authority (@TheBlackChannel) 7 February 2019
So, Michelle Rodriguez just wanted to go into flames for some reason by offering the stupidest take ever. Understood. https://t.co/AhKdHmgd8P
– Britni Danielle (@BritniDWrites) 7 February 2019
Michelle Rodriguez is the perfect example of what happens when you do not mind your business pic.twitter.com/kJ4a8BW4sR
– 𝓣𝓪𝓻𝓪 𝓐𝓷𝓰𝓮𝓵 🗝☮⚛♓️ (@ TaraAngel94) 7 February 2019
HuffPost UK has contacted Michelle's spokesperson for comment and is waiting for a response.
The setback against Liam began on Monday when the Independent interview was first published, in which he said: "My immediate reaction [to learning his friend was raped] was … I asked, did she know who it was? No. What color were they? She said it was a black person.
"I went up and down with cosh hoping to be approached by someone, I'm ashamed to say so, and I did it for maybe a week – hoping to have a black bastard & # 39; [two words which the newspaper refers to him as using air quotes as he said] would come out of a pub and talk about me somewhere, you know? So that I … could kill him. & # 39;
Hereafter, Liam appeared on Good Morning America in an effort to resolve the controversy, insisting that he was "not racist," adding, "If she had an Irishman, or a Scot, or a Brit, or a Lithuanian." know that it would have had the same effect, I tried to honor and stand up for my dear friend in this terrible medieval way.
"I am an intelligent man and that is why I was shocked when I came to earth, fortunately there has never been any violence, thank God."
The red carpet premiere for his new film Cold Pursuit was then canceled just before it was scheduled to continue, due to the controversy.
The Task-actor later withdrew from a scheduled TV show in the American talk show by Stephen Colbert.