Steve McQueen was “disappointed” by recent comments made by Liam Neeson.
The “Widows” director was on BBC Radio 4 on Friday and was asked about an interview in which the film’s star spoke about a time when he learned a close friend had been raped and then seeking out vengeance on a random black person.
“My reaction was I was disturbed, I was upset and finally I was just disappointed. You never know what’s in people’s minds. You just never know,” said McQueen, according to The Guardian.
Responding to Neeson’s claim that he was motivated by “primal” and “medieval” need to revenge, McQueen said, “That’s not really primeval [sic] if race is involved, that’s… a learned behaviour and therefore something very uncomfortable indeed? I just find racism very funny and very stupid and very silly. It’s absurd. I don’t even know how to answer that question, if you have to get stupid to answer that question I would rather keep my intelligence.”
As for those who have defended Neeson as not being racist, McQueen said, “Can you identify a racist by looking at them? Neither can I.”