Liam Neeson has sparked a considerable backlash this week after his comments on the sexual harassment allegations which are running through Hollywood, labelling women who come forward with evidence guilty of starting a witch hunt in Hollywood.
Neeson has also caused upset by calling the allegations made against fellow actor Dustin Hoffman as ‘childhood’ stuff.
Neeson made the comments on the Late Late Show when asked about the recent allegations in Hollywood; ‘There’s some people, famous people, who have been suddenly accused of touching some girl’s knee, or something, and suddenly they’re being dropped from their programme, or something.‘
The actor then went on to claim that possibly the women coming forward may not have understood certain traditions in acting, saying how people ‘you do silly things’ before they go on stage for good luck, or before they start filming, and that nothing should be read into too much.
This seems all a little inappropriate, as Dustin Hoffman was actually accused on putting his hand between the thighs of a female co worker, without her consent, was that for good luck?
Neeson’s opinions caused a considerable back lash online;
Okay Liam Neeson is cancelled #TimesUp
— Haley (@LolitaNevermore) 14 January 2018
Reminder: Liam Neeson is a piece of shit.
— Alex (@_AlexF94) 14 January 2018
Neeson’s comments have come just after the #timesup campaign, which involved actresses and actors on the red carpet at the Golden Globes wearing all black to highlight the many cases of sexual harassment in the work place.
Which is worse – him saying sexual harassment allegations are a witch hunt or claiming it’s ok to grope a colleague if it’s part of a theatre superstition?
— Emma Kelly (@TooManyEmmas) 13 January 2018
Neeson’s comments are just some of the plethora of debate and controversy occurring in Hollywood right now, with the #timesup campaign and the #metoo campaign filling headlines.
Whilst the statement has got mostly a backlash, the comments have also got approval, with some stating that Neeson was simply expressing his opinion, and that the lines between assault have been blurred in the Hollywood scandals.
Yet, it is apparent that through defending the accusations against Dustin Hoffman, ranging from groping women to also exposing himself to a minor, it becomes quite difficult to understand how any of these could ever been seen as good luck traditions before the show begins or the filming starts.
As always, Hollywood remains a secretive realm, dividing opinion in all areas, with people angry when no one comes forward, and people still angry when they do.
Although Neeson states that he would never do the things that Hoffman has done, it is still surely a dangerous notion that he believes there is nothing wrong with the actions in the first place?