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Michelle Rodriguez backs up Liam Neeson with old "racists don't kiss Viola Davis like that" defense

Earlier this week, Liam Neeson thought it would be a good idea to reveal to the world that he once decided to commit a racist murder after hearing that a close friend had been assaulted by a black person, with Neeson saying that he spent a week or so roaming around bars in hopes of starting a fight with any black person just so he could kill them. Neeson then tried to explain himself, saying he’s not racist and that he did “seek help” and talk to people about what was going through his head when it all happened “nearly 40 years ago.” Neeson has since avoided public appearances, indicating that his judgement has at least improved somewhat in the last few decades.

Now, though, Neeson’s Widows co-star Michelle Rodriguez has chimed in with a hot take, and, well, it’s not great. As reported by Vanity Fair, Rodriguez took an opportunity to address the controversy at the amfAR Gala in New York on Wednesday, and her argument is just that Neeson can’t be a racist because he shot his tongue way down Viola Davis’ throat when they kissed in Widows.

His tongue was so far down Viola Davis’s throat. You can’t call him a racist ever. Racists don’t make out with the race that they hate, especially in the way he does with his tongue—so deep down her throat. I don’t care how good of an actor you are.

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Here’s some free advice to famous people: You don’t have to weigh in on everything just because you’re famous. That’s not your job. You can have an opinion and you can share that opinion with the general public if you feel like it, but you don’t have to do it. Nobody’s forcing you, and if they are, then they’re not really your friend.

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