Liam Neeson's Dixie Chick Moment

A few days ago, my wife saw an ad for Liam Neeson’s latest flick, Taken 3, another in a series featuring him as Bryan Mills, ex-intelligence operative who’s a one-man killing machine, against a boodle of bad guys.  This latest outing is likely another of the formulaic, gratuitously violent shoot-ʼem-ups for which he has become famous in his senior years.  So my wife says to me, “You know, I like him; maybe we ought to go see that movie.”  Well, Liam, the already slim chance of that happening just became nonexistent upon my reading your expletive-laced anti-gun comments when being asked about the French terror killings during a promotional tour press conference.

At this webpage, you can see Neeson posing in front of a wall-sized backdrop for his flick.  The aging actor is depicted on the poster with a grimly determined visage and a black (gasp!) semi-automatic firmly in hand, ready to blast away.  With that as a backdrop, the vintage vigilante hip-shot a full load of liberal hyperbole at the gun-owning American audience that has made his movies so successful:

“There’s too many [expletive] guns out there,” he continued. “Especially in America. I think the population is like, 320 million? There’s over 300 million guns. Privately owned, in America. I think it’s a [expletive] disgrace. Every week now we’re picking up a newspaper and seeing, ‘Yet another few kids have been killed in schools.’”

AWR Hawkins, writing at, notes the hopeless Hollywood hypocrisy:

Lost in the tirade was the fact that the discussion began with a focus on the attacks on Charlie Hebdo – attacks which took place in France, a country rich in gun control, yet one in which gun laws were impotent to spoil the plans of dedicated and well-trained attackers.

Asked if he saw duplicity in fervently pushing gun control while making a living with a gun in his hand, Neeson said:

“A character like Bryan Mills going out with guns and taking revenge: it’s fantasy. It’s in the movies, you know? I think it can give people a great release from stresses in life and all the rest of it, you know what I mean? It doesn’t mean [the viewers] are all going to go out and go, “Yeah, let’s get a gun!”

No, Liam, it doesn’t mean that, but it probably does mean that a significant number of your usual fans are not going to be going to your latest movie.  I rather suspect that until now, few of them were aware of your typical limousine-liberal views.  And though you may hold your fans in complete contempt, as so many entertainers do, those fans, clinging to their guns, may just have sufficient cranial capacity to realize that your politically correct “Fine for me but not for thee”contempt should not be compensated.  Oh, and my wife doesn’t like you anymore, Liam.

Can you say Dixie Chick, Bubba?

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