What I’m alluding to is Liam Neeson’s recent interview with The Independent.
Naturally, without context, anyone would see that and think, “Oh, boy…how’s he gonna talk his way out of this one?”
But before you condemn this man for being a “racist,” just read on a little bit more.
Neeson goes on to explain that he realizes what a terrible situation it was and that he’s learned a lot about himself from the experience, vowing to never do something so heinous again. You’d think that’d be enough for the Twitter echo chambers. But, no.
I’m not entirely sure what Martin’s birthday has to do with anything. I also doubt Neeson even knew it was the same day. And I have a feeling some people may see that as reason enough to call this actor a racist.
No, I’m not censoring the names of these people. Because they’ve thrust their deepest, most horrible thoughts into the public eye. Actions have consequences. Just like Neeson’s actions.
Revenge. It’s a dish best served cold. It’s also sweet.
Revenge is ice cream.
But seriously. Human emotions are strange things. Psychology shows us that negative emotions are simpler, more primal. It’s easy to fall into an angry pit, because being happy means your defenses are down. No one feels comfortable when their defenses are down.
I tend to agree with the black men on this one. Neeson has expressed himself in a naked, vulnerable way. He’s atoned for his shortcomings already. This is the kind of bravery we need more of. This is the kind of togetherness we need to foster.
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Livingston, G.S. (March 27, 2010). It is easier to be angry than sad. Retrieved from https://www.psychologytoday.com/us/blog/lifelines/201003/it-is-easier-be-angry-sad
Michallon, C. (February 4, 2019). Liam Neeson interview: Rape, race and how I learnt revenge doesn’t work. Retrieved from https://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/films/features/liam-neeson-interview-rape-race-black-man-revenge-taken-cold-pursuit-a8760896.html
Twitter. (February 5, 2019). http://www.twitter.com