Terry Crews has spoken out after he came under fire for defending Liam Neeson.
Following the “Taken” actor’s comments to the Independent on Monday, in which he admitted he once went out looking for a black person to kill following the rape of a loved one, Neeson was hit with major backlash.
But Crews, 50, saw a different side in Neeson’s comments.
After sticking up for Neeson, Crews was hit with backlash.
Twitter user @IWriteAllDay wrote Crews, saying: “A ‘fork in the road’ implies there were choices to be made by Liam and he did choose. And his choice was evil. Despicable. Repugnant. And racist. The ONLY reason he didn’t get to carry out what he wanted is really because of luck. He just so happened not to find someone to kill.”
Another user, @brownblaze, wrote, “This implies that these choices were somehow equal, ignoring how deep racist beliefs fuelled even the possibility that he could commit such an act on a (random), innocent person. This is not a good take Terry. Find another example.”
However, Crews has since told Entertainment Tonight that he was not necessarily defending the star.
“A lot of people thought I was defending him, and I wasn’t,” he said at the Spotify Presents the Best New Artist 2019 Party on Thursday. “I was not defending him. I was just saying that basically he was looking back at his life and the fork in the road was that, hey, he could have been a basic racist [supremacist] kind of guy. That was my point. It was more of an observation of what was going on and people mistook it as I was giving him a pass.”
Neeson has since apologized for his racist comments, telling “Good Morning America” on Tuesday, “I’m not racist,” he said. “This was nearly 40 years ago.”
He added, “If she had said an Irish, or a Scot, or a Brit, or a Lithuanian, I know I would’ve felt the same effect. I was trying to… stand up for my dear friend in this terrible medieval fashion.”