Michelle Rodriguez defends Liam Neeson because of how he kisses: 'You can’t call him a racist ever'

Michelle Rodriguez has an interesting theory on why “you can’t call” Liam Neeson racist.

Rodriguez, who co-starred in November’s Widows with the actor, told Vanity Fair people just need to look at how he passionately kissed Viola Davis in that movie to prove her point. “Racists don’t make out with the race that they hate,” she declared.

The Fast & Furious actress is one of the first stars to publicly speak out in defense of Neeson after he admitted that decades ago, he wanted to kill a black man because a close female friend had been raped by a man of the same color.

“It’s all f***in’ bulls***. Liam Neeson is not a racist,” Rodriguez told the 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.”

Any claims Neeson is racist is “all bulls***,” she emphasized again.

“Ignore it,” Rodriguez concluded. “He’s not a racist. He’s a loving man. It’s all lies.”

Naturally, the actress’s hot take riled people up on social media.

Neeson, who has been promoting his revenge-thriller Cold Pursuit, attempted to clarify his controversial admission on Good Morning America this week.

“I’m not a racist,” Neeson told Robin Roberts on Tuesday, but said he felt a “primal urge to lash out” after learning about what happened to his friend. “I went out deliberately into black areas in the city, looking to be set upon… It shocked me and it hurt me … I did seek help, I went to a priest.”

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Irish actor Liam Neeson, circa 1987. (Photo by Nancy R. Schiff/Getty Images)
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Actress Natasha Richardson (L) and actor Liam Neeson arrive at the Tony Awards in New York June 6, 1993. Richardson was nominated for the award for leading actress in "Anna Christie" and Neeson for leading actor in the same play. REUTERS/Peter Morgan(UNITED STATES ENTERTAINMENT OBITUARY)
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The director and stars of the new Warner Bros. film "Michael Collins" pose together at the film's premiere October 8 in Beverly Hills. Shown (L-R) are director Neil Jordan, and actors Liam Neeson and Aidan Quinn. The film tells the real life story of Irish patriot Michael Collins, portrayed by Neeson, and his efforts to create a free and peaceful country.
Northern Irish actor Liam Neeson poses for photographs after receiving his Order for the Britsh Empire (OBE) presented to him by Britain's Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace, in London, October 29, 2002. Neeson has starred in movies such as Star Wars and Schindler's List. REUTERS/John Stillwell MD
Actor Liam Neeson and his wife, actress Natasha Richardson, pose for photographers as they arrive at the 30th annual Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards dinner in Los Angeles January 13, 2005. Neeson won the association's best actor award for his role in the film "Kinsey" in which he portrayed sex researcher Dr. Alfred Kinsey REUTERS/Fred Prouser FSP
Irish actor Liam Neeson (L) talks to a fan while signing autographs at the red carpet premier of his new film "Breakfast on Pluto" at the Toronto International Film Festival, September 10, 2005. REUTERS/J.P. Moczulski JPM/PN
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Cast member Liam Neeson arrives for the premiere of the film "The Next Three Days" in New York November 9, 2010. REUTERS/Lucas Jackson (UNITED STATES - Tags: ENTERTAINMENT HEADSHOT)
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The Taken star revealed if his friend’s attacker was white, he would have done the same thing. Neeson explained that he hoped a takeaway from the story was that there needs to be a larger discussion around racism and bigotry.

After Tuesday’s attempt to do damage control, Neeson is now laying low. The red carpet portion of the Cold Pursuit premiere was canceled this week and he pulled out of a planned appearance on The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.

It remains to be seen how the scandal will affect the film at the box office this weekend — but at least he knows Michelle Rodriguez will go see it.

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