English pop star Lily Allen dedicated her song, "F*** You," to Liam Neeson from the stage following the actor's headline-grabbing confession that nearly 40 years ago he went looking for a black man to attack him so he could fight back as a way of avenging his friend who had told Neeson a black man raped her.
Allen was caught on camera Tuesday night telling her adoring audience in Sydney, Australia, "Usually I dedicate this song to Donald Trump, but today I thought I feel more disgusted by Liam Neeson ... so this is dedicated to Liam." Presumably unable to help herself, Allen added "and Donald" before making reference to "middle-aged racist bastards."
The crowd loved it, loudly singing "f*** you (f*** you), f*** you very, very much" along with Allen.
Here's a clip. (Content warning: the usual suspects):
The song also declares, "You're just some racist who can't tie my laces / your point of view is medieval."
Allen added on an Instagram post that, "I don't believe Liam Neeson's racist anecdote, which makes it even more disgusting. I don't know a woman who hasn't been harassed, and I have never heard of an instance where a man has actually gone out to defend her honor. It just doesn't happen," the Daily Mail said.
What's the background?
After his shocking comments in an interview with the Independent about his new movie "Cold Pursuit" — which focuses on his character's quest to avenge his son's murder — Neeson appeared Tuesday on ABC's "Good Morning America" to let viewers know one thing: "I'm not racist."
Neeson told "GMA" anchor Robin Roberts that he went "deliberately into black areas in the city looking to be set upon, so that I could unleash physical violence."
The actor added that beforehand he asked his friend a variety of questions about her attacker, including his race — and the fact that she said it was a black man didn't influence his "primal urge to lash out." Neeson added to Roberts that he would've responded the same way if the attacker had been white — Irish, British, Scottish, or Lithuanian, he said, it wouldn't have mattered.
"Luckily no violence occurred — ever," he told Roberts, adding that after a handful of times going out into the streets, he came to his senses and said his desire for violence "shocked me and it hurt me." Afterward he "did seek help" and went to a priest who heard his confession and also talked to a pair of very good friends.
At Tuesday night's premiere of "Cold Pursuit" in New York City, Variety reported that the red carpet was canceled and that a source noted that Neeson believed he said all he needed and wanted to say about the Independent interview. The magazine added that the screening — which the actor attended — took place without any welcoming remarks from studio execs or the film's creative team.