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John Barnes on Liam Neeson

I found what John Barnes had to say about Liam Neeson's controversial interview quite interesting.

Basically saying he appreciates Neeson's honesty about once having violent thoughts about killing a black person.

He continued: "You cannot blame people for thinking Muslims, because of Muslim grooming gangs, Jamaican yardie gangs, then look at Muslims and Jamaicans in a negative light.

"And he's admitting that that is the way he viewed it. So, for this one black person who raped this woman, he then looked at it from the perspective of all black people are rapists.

Barnes said that "as much as people are now jumping on this bandwagon of how terrible it is, what he has done is come out and he's told the truth".

He continued: "The big problem we have is when people are afraid to admit the way they actually feel...

"I have more respect for him now than if he had come out and said, 'I view all black people as equal, I just view everybody as equal'."

Barnes said the actor was being "pilloried" and that people are "now going to be afraid to tell the truth on how they feel".

"I always say, we are all unconscious racists," he said. "And he said, unconsciously for a week and a half, that's how he felt. We have people who have been doing it and keeping it quiet for 20 years, but as long as you don't admit it then we think everything is okay."

He added that Neeson was the victim of a "witch hunt".

Speaking about the reaction to Neeson's comments - with people calling for the actor to be stripped of his OBE and for a boycott on his films - Barnes said: "So let's take down that statue of Winston Churchill... who is a white supremacist and a mass murderer."

He continued: "How is Churchill a hero when he spoke about... he believes in gassing the lesser races. But he's a hero. And when Liam Neeson comes out and he admits that he was wrong in what he did, whereas Winston Churchill would never admit he was wrong, never, and if he was alive now he would still believe in the superiority of the Aryan race.

"But Liam Neeson - someone who admits that, after a week and a half of thinking what he thought, that he was wrong, which is fine as far as I'm concerned - we're now pillorying him."

https://news.sky.com/story/john-barnes-liam-neeson-deserves-a-medal-for-race-admission-11628709

posted 1 week, 6 days ago

Neeson should've kept his mouth shut, that is my opinion on the matter, not sure what you are alluding to with your last sentence.
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Why should he have remained silent? Sure, his career may suffer and from a professional POV he may have made an error but perhaps this is cathartic to him and his honesty might help other people out there feel that having racist thoughts and beliefs can be left in the past as you get older and you can become a better person.

posted 1 week, 6 days ago

The issue seems to be how it was covered. He was relating the "primal urge" as he was relating it to his character. Saying he understood it.

He has since said he isn't there are people who do not think they are racist but scratch the surface and something like this comes out. He also said he isn't racist.

I think the issues are that people see certain aspects (the link I have to the guardian article) they have issues with. He does absolve himself. He doesn't show what other actions he took to make sure he doesn't go back to that state.

I think we also need to look at what he's saying in how he's saying it.

He may have been better off not saying anything. But he has said it and it's better for him than not.

We don't all have to agree on that part.

posted 1 week, 6 days ago

He said: “We all pretend we’re politically correct. Sometimes you scratch the surface and discover this racism and bigotry.”

comment by MBL. (U6305)

posted 1 week, 6 days ago

comment by Hulk's little brother Yoda (U1250)
posted 10 hours, 37 minutes ago
comment by scholayScholes (U13961)
posted 7 minutes ago
If an innocent black man got into a little altercation with him, he probably would've killed them. It is mental people are bypassing this. He got up, went to "black neighbourhood" in search of a fight. Ha, you can't make this up
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There's the problem, no one knows what would have happened but in your head he would have done it. I don't think he would have actually killed someone. No one knows. But it happened 30 years ago ffs
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Neeson said he was waiting for someone anyone so there’s a chance he would have at least attacked an innocent person because of the colour of their skin.

His words, what’s wrong with thinking that’s out for f order and disgusting.

So because one person raped someone he knew another of the same skin colour should pay the price?

Think about that for a second.

posted 1 week, 6 days ago

comment by MBL. (U6305)
posted 1 hour, 47 minutes ago
comment by Hulk's little brother Yoda (U1250)
posted 10 hours, 37 minutes ago
comment by scholayScholes (U13961)
posted 7 minutes ago
If an innocent black man got into a little altercation with him, he probably would've killed them. It is mental people are bypassing this. He got up, went to "black neighbourhood" in search of a fight. Ha, you can't make this up
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There's the problem, no one knows what would have happened but in your head he would have done it. I don't think he would have actually killed someone. No one knows. But it happened 30 years ago ffs
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Neeson said he was waiting for someone anyone so there’s a chance he would have at least attacked an innocent person because of the colour of their skin.

His words, what’s wrong with thinking that’s out for f order and disgusting.

So because one person raped someone he knew another of the same skin colour should pay the price?

Think about that for a second.


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Never said it wasnt wrong what he did. Just cant get worked up over it because it happened 30 years ago, he apologetic and he learned from it and became a better person. And certainly dont lose respect for the man and burn his blu-rays now.

And people are selective in who they condemn and who they give a pass, which is hypocritical. Me included.

posted 1 week, 6 days ago

Many, many people will now spend their days firing off abusing people online yet will happily sit in judgement of others when this type of story comes out.

The irony is lost on them, such is the world in which we now live.

comment by MBL. (U6305)

posted 1 week, 6 days ago

comment by Hulk's little brother Yoda (U1250)
posted 44 minutes ago
comment by MBL. (U6305)
posted 1 hour, 47 minutes ago
comment by Hulk's little brother Yoda (U1250)
posted 10 hours, 37 minutes ago
comment by scholayScholes (U13961)
posted 7 minutes ago
If an innocent black man got into a little altercation with him, he probably would've killed them. It is mental people are bypassing this. He got up, went to "black neighbourhood" in search of a fight. Ha, you can't make this up
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There's the problem, no one knows what would have happened but in your head he would have done it. I don't think he would have actually killed someone. No one knows. But it happened 30 years ago ffs
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Neeson said he was waiting for someone anyone so there’s a chance he would have at least attacked an innocent person because of the colour of their skin.

His words, what’s wrong with thinking that’s out for f order and disgusting.

So because one person raped someone he knew another of the same skin colour should pay the price?

Think about that for a second.


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Never said it wasnt wrong what he did. Just cant get worked up over it because it happened 30 years ago, he apologetic and he learned from it and became a better person. And certainly dont lose respect for the man and burn his blu-rays now.

And people are selective in who they condemn and who they give a pass, which is hypocritical. Me included.

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I condemn racists to be honest.

I don’t like racism

And the Dutch

posted 1 week, 5 days ago

I condemn racists to be honest. - Leeson is not a racist

I don’t like racism - Me neither

And the Dutch - Me neither

Now fack off out of the EU so we can start expelling the British from our turf.

posted 1 week, 5 days ago

Dutch have always been pretty cool in my book, plus the women are hot.

posted 1 week, 5 days ago

comment by baz ta’rd (U19119)
posted 17 minutes ago
Dutch have always been pretty cool in my book, plus the women are hot.
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hot and easy

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