In an interview with Liam Neeson that aired Friday on Irish network RTE's The Late Late Show, host Ryan Tubridy turned the conversation to the sexual misconduct reckoning in Hollywood and referenced a comment Neeson made this week that "there's a revolution happening".
But when Neeson's first thought after a question about Hollywood sexism is to address what he perceives as "a bit of a witch hunt", it reveals the kind of creeping misogyny that's all for a revolution, as long as it doesn't hit too close to home. "There are some people - famous people - being suddenly accused of touching some girl's knee or something, and suddenly have been dropped from their program or something".
He referred to radio presenter and writer Garrison Keillor who was dropped by Minnesota Public Radio past year after allegations of "inappropriate behaviour with an individual who worked with him".
He said that he was "on the fence" about allegations levelled at Dustin Hoffman. When you're in a play and you're with your family, other actors... you do silly things. "If you don't do it every night, you think it's gonna jinx the show".
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"I think Dustin Hoffman".
Neeson then donwplayed the suggestion that Hoffman groped a woman's breast, describing it as "childhood stuff".
Actor Liam Neeson came to Dustin Hoffman's defense in an interview after Hoffman was accused of harassment and assault.
Neeson's comments did not go over well in the Twitterverse.
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A witch hunt never ends.
With the rise of the #MeToo and the exposure of men like Harvey Weinstein, some men have profoundly misunderstood the meaning behind the movement, claiming that women are overreacting to normalized harassment and that they are the ones who are truly being persecuted because their "office flirting" has been "misinterpreted."
"There is a movement happening". It's healthy and it's across every industry. "Childhood stuff". Yeah, if there's a line to be drawn Liam, I don't see it's there". "The focus seems to be on Hollywood at the minute", he said. But it's across every industry. "I really like Liam, but just, no...", wrote another user. I sent her an email of apology later and she replied that she had forgiven me.
Neeson said he was "very humbled" to be honoured by President Higgins and that he would continue to "fly the flag for Irish arts" and to continue his work as a goodwill ambassador with UNICEF".
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