Michelle Rodriguez sparked an uproar on social media when she claimed actor Liam Neeson is not racist because he kissed actress Viola Davis in the movie Widows.
The 40-year-old Texas native said Neeson kissing Davis, who is Black, is proof that he is not a racist.
Neeson is on the hot seat for revealing he wanted to kill a Black man after his loved one was brutally raped.
Rodriguez, who is Neeson’s co-star in Widows, told Vanity Fair magazine, “Dude, have you watched 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. It’s all bullshit. Ignore it. He’s not a racist. He’s a loving man. It’s all lies.”
The reaction on social media was outrage mixed with pity for the Latina star.
Shonda Rhimes tweeted: “The lack of historical context, bias blindness and willful ignorance required to open one’s mouth and say this about racism is mind boggling.”
Another Twitter user wrote: “Im gonna need my Latina women to stay out of black men and women matters if it doesn’t support them. Michelle Rodriguez and Gina Rodriguez”.
And a third user tweeted: “next thing u know michelle rodriguez is going to tell me men can’t be misogynists because they date women”.
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