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Liam Neeson movie's red carpet event canceled in the midst of racism row

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The New York red carpet blanket opening by Liam Neeson's latest movie has been canceled in the middle of his remarks that he once wanted to kill a random black man after a friend was raped.

The reporters were told that cold follow-up was taken two hours before it was scheduled to happen.

Neeson has denied being racist, but the remarks, published by The Independent on Monday, triggered a scream.

He said he wanted to start a broader discussion on racism.

The organizers of the red carpet event said there would be no photographs or interviews in New York City shows.

What exactly did Neeson say?

He had spoken to promote Cold Pursuit, a revenge thriller.

He said the alleged rape took place a long time ago, and he found out when he returned from a trip abroad. The actor continued to use racist offensive language about the attacker.

He said, "She handled the rape situation in the most extraordinary way.

"But my immediate reaction was … I asked, did she know who it was? No. What color were they? She said it was a black person.

"I went up and down in areas with a cosh, hoping I would be contacted by someone – I am ashamed to say so – and maybe I did that for a week and hoped for some [uses air quotes with fingers] "black bastard" would come out of a pub and go to me about something, you know? So I could kill him. "

How did he react later?

After widespread criticism, he told ABC's Good Morning America "I'm not racist".

Asked what he wanted people to get out of their experience, he told the host: "To speak. To open up.

"We all make us all politically correct in this country … also in mine. Sometimes you just squeeze the surface and you discover this racism and bigotry, and that's it."

He said learning from his friend's rape about 40 years ago – she has since died – gave him a "primal urge to lash out".

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media FunctionPlaywright and author Bonnie Greer say Neeson's running comments were a "stupid, stupid thing to do"

The actor said he "deliberately went into black areas of the city that seemed to be put on so I could release physical violence".

He said he would have acted the same if his friend's attacker was white, but he was also "shocked" by his response.

How did others react?

The guardian Gary Younge wrote: "Next time someone asks me why I have a chip on my shoulder, I no longer have to brush the issue away with contempt.

"I can say with all sincerity:" Because there may be an Oscar nominated actor out there who wants to kill me, so I must always be aware. "

Kehinde Andrews, a professor of black studies at Birmingham City University, said that BBC Neeson's comments were "totally inappropriate and insulting" and making them, when promoting a movie, was "scary".

Playwright and author Bonnie Greer said that Neeson had "probably paid out for his career".

But former England footballer and anti-racism campaigns, John Barnes, defended Neeson during an interview on BBC Radio 5 Live.

"He was ashamed for a week. He realized he was wrong to think about what he was doing. And we need this conversation."

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Many on social media have also had their opinion, as history only broke on Monday.

Frederick Joseph, who works for better representation in the media, wrote that Neeson's story "just shows how meaningless and unclear black lives are for some".

But some agreed with Barnes that Neeson should not be thrown to admit such thoughts, but realize that they were wrong and said he had learned from them.

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