It’s a bit ironic that Hollywood lives under this façade, a masquerade, that pretends to preach from this pedestal of moral high ground, but in a lot of cases they are just as guilty as those they condescend to.
Take for example the female empowerment “feminist” movies that come out of Hollywood every single year, and yet, Hollywood was embroiled in the Me Too movement controversy and they also pay their actresses a fraction of their male counterparts. It just screams hypocrisy.
And that’s exactly why this upcoming blockbuster might be in huge financial trouble because of this actor’s recent confession.
It’s grown very tiresome how the Hollywood industry never practices what they preach. They claim to be against the second amendment and yet all of their action movies feature heroes with guns.
They want female equality but they’re one of the most abusive industries towards women in the world. Hollywood pretends it’s not racist but only recently have minorities seen more substantial roles in Hollywood – and it’s still uneven.
That’s what A-list actor Liam Neeson is in trouble for right now. During a press junket for his new movie Cold Pursuit, he revealed a rather peculiar story – a long time ago his friend was raped by a black man and he said he waited outside of the pub hoping that some “Black bastard” would antagonize him so he could kill him.
Following his extreme revelation, he played public relations cleanup and tried to clarify his comments with, “I’m not racist. [T]here were some nights I went out deliberately into black areas in the city, looking to be set upon, so that I could unleash physical violence.”
As you can plainly see it didn’t really work out. So while Liam Neeson has his thriller Cold Pursuit hitting theaters this weekend, he also has the major summer blockbuster Men in Black: International coming out in June as well.
And Neeson’s recent antics could cost the studio a lot of money because there could be a huge boycott simmering amidst all this controversy.
In fact, some social media users want him digitally removed from the picture altogether.
One’s social media user wrote, “If they can magically de-age every actor in the MCU, they can digitally replace Liam Neeson in MIB and they should.”
Well, that is undoubtedly an expensive option, what’s more expensive is that the studio already paid Neeson millions of dollars because of his worldwide value as an actor and now are finding out he might not be worth anything at all because of his comments.
Other Twitter users just called for a full boycott of the movie in general. One wrote, “boycott Men In Black the gutless coward Liam Neeson said he was walking around looking to kill an innocent black man who had nothing to do with his personal issues he’s a gutless coward and a racist bigot boycott Men in Black.”
Another said, “There should be a total boycott of Liam Neeson’s movies. He is a revolting racist.”
Even Trump-hater Jemele Hill wrote, “Liam Neeson is today’s example of snatching defeat from the jaws of victory.”
It looks like the studio could be in trouble.
But they could take the route of what Ridley Scott did with All the Money in the World in order to try and save face.
You might remember that Kevin Spacey played the titular role of John Paul Getty but when the Me Too movement exposed his alleged sexual defenses, he was instantly replaced by Christopher Plummer and they reshot all of his scenes.
The difference is that Ridley Scott was able to accomplish this insane feat in only a week and a half. It’s not clear how fully involved Liam Neeson’s role in the upcoming blockbuster will be, but it will likely be way more expensive and take way longer to shoot because it’s a big-budget action movie.
The studio will probably just suck it up and hope for the best but it’s not looking good for them considering how mad people are right now at the situation.