Liam Neeson is a Fooking Wanker

Monday, January 26th, 2009

Liam Neeson was on The Daily Show Thursday in order to promote his latest movie, Taken (which – and it pains me to admit this after sitting through his idiocy – doesn’t look half bad). In case you hadn’t heard, Neeson recently penned a letter to the New York City (City?) Council in opposition to recent legislation which would ban the horse carriage “biz” in NYC.*

Host Jon Stewart begins the interview by asking about Neeson’s efforts to “save” New York City’s carriage horses. By “save,” I mean continue to enslave and exploit. It’s tradition, dontchaknow!

Cue the stupid:
 

 
While I’ve enjoyed TDS off and on for years, I’ve always found Stewart’s interview skills to be, shall we say, somewhat lacking. And yet, with only a minimal grasp of the issues – and playing the most amiable Devil’s Advocate ever – Jon p0wns Liam. He offers up the rather commonsense observation that the horses would probably be happier in a more pastoral setting (as opposed to the stables next to his studio), where they’d be able to roam free without worrying about dodging NYC traffic. How about we build a home for the horses in Central Park, where citizens can “enjoy” them in a more natural environment, he suggests? A nice “compromise,” no?

In response, Neeson insists that the horses are treated well, blah blah blah, it would be irresponsible to lay off 400 workers while the economy’s in the toilet, yada yada yada, insert your standard appeals to tradition here, and – here’s the kicker – the horses actually prefer working a 9 to 5 job and spending all their off time confined to tiny little prison cells! They’ve been bred over thousands of years to love the city life! They get holidays off, yo! Hey, those stables are so clean and warm and comfy, I’d even live there, Neeson cries with glee.

Honestly, he comes off as borderline batshit.

Post-interview, Jon works in a nice little stab at Neeson’s expense. It’s not on the Moment of Zen video clip (damn you, Stewart!), but it involves a joke about Monday’s guest, Jimmy Carter, who’ll be coming out in favor of horse meat sandwiches.

* When it’s you vs. Alec Baldwin, and Alec Baldwin looks like the sane, kind, compassionate party in the dispute…well, that’s not a good sign, brother.

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Kinship Circle: LETTER/ Horse Carriage Crash Marks Need For Ban

Sunday, July 8th, 2007

———- Forwarded message ———-
From: Kinship Circle – info [at] kinshipcircle.org
Date: Jul 6, 2007 5:41 PM
Subject: LETTER/ Horse Carriage Crash Marks Need For Ban

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Kinship Circle will be OFFLINE from July 13 to July 30, while presenting/exhibiting at AR2007 in Los Angeles. Please hold personal messages during these dates. We apologize in advance for emails that may bounce as our mailbox overloads while away.

7/6/07: Another Horse Carriage Crash Marks Need For Ban
KINSHIP CIRCLE ACTION CAMPAIGN
http://www.KinshipCircle.org

SOURCE OF INFORMATION:
Elizabeth Forel, coalitionbanhdc [at] gmail.com
Coalition for NYC Animals, Inc. for the Coalition to Ban Horse-Drawn Carriages
http://www.banhdc.org

*If you have witnessed any accidents or incidents concerning the carriage horses — or — have evidence of an HLE officer not doing his/her job concerning the carriage horses or showing bias to the drivers, please contact: coalitionbanhdc [at] gmail.com

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