John Barnes Attacks Piers Morgan's Comments On Liam Neeson Race Controversy
Whilst most condemned Neeson's words - in which he spoke about looking for a black person to fight - ex-Liverpool player Barnes leapt to his defence. Barnes argued that Neeson has a 'racial bias' rather than actually holding racist views himself.
In the controversial interview, Neeson said that (many years ago) he took to the streets looking to kill a black person after learning that a friend had been raped by a black man.
Barnes said that Neeson's upbringing in Northern Ireland during The Troubles could have meant that he saw black people as 'the enemy' rather than targeting a person because they were black.
In justifying Neeson's actions, Barnes then swerved into an attack on Good Morning Britain's Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan.
Speaking to Philip Schofield and Holly Willoughby on This Morning, he said: "It [racial bias] is subliminal but it's not obvious, it's very similar to subliminally Piers and Susanna talking about, 'I know if I was black, this is how I would feel'.
"What they're actually saying is, 'This is how you should feel', and for me, I find that insulting, condescending because there's no way Piers Morgan or Susanna could ever know what it's like to feel black or how they would react had they been black.
"What they're actually doing is the exact same thing they're accusing Liam Neeson of doing. They're accusing Liam Neeson of looking at one guilty black man and making everybody guilty.
"And what they're saying by that is that, 'This is the way black people should feel as this is how I would feel if I was black'. So that is lumping all black people together, not individualising them."
He continued: "Would I never say to Piers Morgan or a white cameraman, a white man in working class in East London, 'Because you're white let's all lump together and this is how you should feel'."
As Holly and Phil tried to wrap things up, Barnes had one more swipe at Morgan - I mean, get them in whilst you can - and added: "The day before, which is very hypocritical, he [Piers Morgan] talked about Winston Churchill, who was a white supremacist... he talked about the superiority of the white Aryan race, and Piers is talking about how great he is.
"And when Liam Neeson did something which is less worse, we're all pillorying him."
"He [Neeson] wanted to describe his film about revenge and when he was asked about a question about how revenge has impacted on you, he wanted to talk about revenge by talking about Ireland first.
"He started to talk about friends on hunger strike...I could tell he wanted to talk about that, but he then stopped himself...
"He quickly glossed over that and talked about something that affected him personally. It's not about race, it's about revenge."
We've not heard the last of this yet. That's for sure.
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