He was promoting his new film Cold Pursuit at the time, but received widespread condemnation for his account of the event which happened over 40 years ago during The Troubles in Northern Ireland.
Goldberg has known the actor for decades, and is adamant that Neeson is “not a bigot” and that people “shouldn’t be surprised he was angry” after learning about the rape of his close friend.
She said: “People walk around sometimes with rage, that’s what happens. Is he a bigot? No. I’ve known him a pretty long time, I think I would have recognised, I’ve been around a lot of real bigots. I can say this man is not one."
She continued her defence of the long-standing Irish actor; “You can’t be surprised that somebody whose loved one is attacked is angry and wants to go out and attack.”
The Sister Act star valued how Neeson “realised it was too dark” and went and “got himself help” by power-walking and speaking to a Catholic priest.
Appearing on Good Morning America on Tuesday, Neeson responded to the backlash himself by insisting he was “not racist” and “sought help” after his worrying instincts.
"It is a monstrous leap to say, actually I'm not looking for justice…anyone who looks like this person, who happens to be black, will do."
We've all experienced the highs and lows of Facebook, but recently it seems like the lows are endless.
From controversy surrounding Mark Zuckerberg, reports of paying children for labour to eavesdrop on conversations and using our own data for the company's agenda, it seems like the drama ain't worth the effort.
Now, researchers at New York University and Stanford University are saying that deactivating Facebook for just FOUR WEEKS can lead to a big improvement in people's mental health.
The researchers focused their study on the impact of quitting the social network on their mental health and behaviour.
The Welfare Effects of Social Mediatook place in the lead-up to the 2018 midterm elections in the US and 2,844 users took part in the study. The participants used the platform for over 15 minutes per day.
When the candidates deactivated their Facebook accounts, there was a noticeable increase in offline activities, like socialising with friends and family members.
Their well-being was also boosted, but the people involved were less informed about current events.
Researchers also discovered that anyone who deactivated their Facebook accounts were more likely to see a consistent reduction in their use of the social media app after the experiment concluded.
The authors wrote; "Our study offers the largest-scale experimental evidence available to date on the way Facebook affects a range of individual and social welfare measures,"
"Deactivation caused people to appreciate Facebook’s both positive and negative impacts on their lives," they said.
In a statement to The Washington Post a spokesperson for Facebook said its teams are working on creating meaningful connections across its platform. "This is one study of many on this topic and is should be considered that way," they said
The man was taken to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries and minor damage was caused to a truck and a third car.
Gardaí yesterday asked people not to share the images out of respect to the woman’s family and the other people involved.
Independent Senator Lynn Ruane is among those how have taken to social media to ask people to please refrain form posting the distressing images.
Lynn, a family friend of the victim, wrote, ''My friend has lost his sister and the last thing his family need right now is an image of the accident.''
She also asked anyone who sees photos of the incident to share the URL link with her.
DUBLIN TRAFFIC UPDATE – The N2 slip road from the M50 north bound at JCN 5 (Finglas) will remain closed to traffic for the next number of hours. All lanes on the M50 northbound are open. Gardaí are asking motorists not to slow down unnecessarily as they pass the crash site.
She continued, ''Facebook has created a digital fingerprint for the images that will prevent them from being re-uploaded to the site but it still need links to remove the images from any networks on which they remain. The loss of a loved one so sudden is traumatic enough without the added trauma of an image.''
Gardaí have said that some motorists were “slowing down unnecessarily while passing the scene” of the incident and causing delays.
If anyone has any information, please contact Finglas Garda Station 01 666 7500 or the Garda Confidential Line on 1800 666 111.
She captioned it, ''It’s been awhile since you have heard from me, but I wanted to wish everyone a happy new year and to thank you for your love and support. Last year was definitely a year of self-reflection, challenges, and growth.''
She continued, ''It’s always those challenges which show you who you are and what you are capable of overcoming. Trust me, it’s not easy, but I am proud of the person I am becoming and look forward to the year ahead. Love you all.''
144 million followers obviously happy to have her back
One said, ''Real beauty'' followed by love heart emojis.
While another wrote, ''My Queen back. We LOVE you, Selena. You're a strong woman.''
A third added, ''I'm soo proud of u and so happy that you are healthy and back. I hope I see you on stage soon. I'm so glad that you know Who u are, and that you're happy with yourself. We all grow and learn. Love you soo much.''
She last posted in September when she said that she was taking a break, partly due to the negative comments she had experienced.
She wrote, ''Taking a social media break. Again. As much as I am grateful for the voice that social media gives each of us, I am equally grateful to be able to step back and live my life present to the moment I have been given. Kindness and encouragement only for a bit! Just remember- negative comments can hurt anybody’s feelings. Obvi.''
It was then reported that she had been admitted to a mental health facility after being hospitalised for an “emotional breakdown”.
She seems to be getting back to her old self and we are delighted for her – onwards and upwards Selena.
Now first of all, we ain't here to promote keyboard warriors or viciously cruel groups online who tear people down for the craic. No, that's not our style.
However, the art of trolling must be respected at all costs, especially from a nation as sarcastic and exceptional at 'slagging' such as Ireland.
From Waterford Whisperers embodying the Ultimate Irish Trolling Association, to the current troll of the day; the egg that stole Kylie Jenner's record for most likes on an Instagram photos, here's a round-up of our favourite savage moments in pop culture.
Ready yourself for wigs being hilariously snatched and thrown into the wind, it's a bumpy ride of burns and teasing gone too far.
1. Waterford Whisperers trolling Westlife's new song, Hello My Love:
The vast majority of people were ECSTATIC when Westlife announced their comeback; their Twenty Tour sold 400,000 tickets in under 48 hours for God's sake.
Not everyone was over the moon about Ireland's premier boyband reuniting however, with Waterford Whisperers delivering a vicious burn that has us in stitches.
"Helplines are now fielding calls from thousands of stricken people after the release of the first new Westlife single in over eight years," the article states.
"Penned by Ed Sheeran for maximum disruption, the track caused nausea, hysterics and uncontrollable weeping for one in every seven listeners, and emergency call centres have stated that they are receiving one call every nine seconds which consists solely of someone screaming “fuuuuuuuuuck”."
As savage as it is towards the national heroes we call Westlife, we were laughing for a solid twenty minutes at this one.
2.Lovinkiara's artistic flare
If you haven't seen last year's Twitter thread that featured @lovinkiara taking drawing requests, and delivering some…interest…results, you've missed out.
She became somewhat of a hero among trolls after uploaded a tweet that supposedly depicted her talanted artistic capabilities:
Iconic trolling Kiara, carry on dear daughter of the troll.
3. Justin Bieber heads to…North Korea?!
A website asked its users to choose the next country which Justin Bieber would visit on his My World tour, and the answer wasn't exactly conventional. Let's just say he wasn't rushing to grab his passport anytime soon…
Yup, the Biebs himself (babyface Biebs at that stage in his career… and arguably in his current stage too…) was instructed to visit NORTH KOREA.
What's even more amusing/horrifying, North Korea received an insane 659,448 votes. Dear God, that's the size of a country. It's more than the population of Iceland, let that sink in…
4. M Night School Hoax
M. Night Shyamalan is a relatively renowned film director, known for creating iconic scary movies such as The Sixth Sense, The Happening, Split, The Last Airbender, Signs and The Village.
While many claim that his films are hit-and-miss, with some achieving critical acclaim and box office success, others have royally bombed. Someone eventually took it upon themselves to crowdfund to send him back to film school.
Named The M. Night School, the creator worked out that if 150,000 people donated one dollar each, they could donate enough cash for the director to be put through film school once again at NYU.
The ruthless trolling of the director rages on today… who knows if he's become immune to it at this stage or if he cries himself to sleep every M. Night?
5. Ed Sheeran's head of security
@SecurityKev became a smash hit star as Ed Sheeran's GAS head of security, and who even got the catchphrase; "Always. Watching" for his consistent background lurking.
It's iconic, he even calls Ed 'bae', throwing in a 'Who's the Daddy' at the most random of moments. His internet fame has earned him a huge 963,000 Instagram followers who watch his every move, ironically;
Despite the “ominous” appearance, Cuthbert said the red carpet was actually too fast-paced to be focusing on your face constantly.
“The photographers have to take so many shots, so rapidly. Obviously, your face doesn’t look perfectly pleasant in all of them, so they captured lots of expressions where I’m naturally making weird faces.”
She appeared with Idris Elba, Judy Greer and Richard Madden, her favourite big-name photobomb image was Jim Carrey.
“I loved the Jim Carrey one,” she revealed to People. “I love his work. I grew up watching his movies and thought it was a funny thing to find myself in the background of.”
The model was totally unaware of all the social media furore surrounding her appearance on the red carpet, where she wore a long blue gown.
"I had absolutely no idea what was happening because I obviously didn’t have my phone on me,” she spoke about the craziness online while she was oblivious.
“I felt very cut off from everything. I didn’t find out until the last stragglers of the red carpet were heading into the awards ceremony, and all these people walking by started shoving their phones in my face and showing me that I was trending on Twitter, but I didn’t understand the magnitude of it untill later,” she added.
More than 50,000 tweets were sent out about Fiji Water Girl on Twitter in a few hours alone.
Hailey's honesty revolves around her self-esteem, describing how every single day is a "confidence battle";
"I have had more days than I can count where I’ve found myself scrolling through Instagram comparing myself, comparing my looks, feeling like I’m not good enough feeling like I lack so many things and really struggling to be confident in who I am because I constantly feel like I’m just not good enough."
"I'm a human.. I'm a young woman, I'm learning who I am and, it's REALLY FREAKING HARD. It's hard finding who you are, but what's even harder is being picked apart and compared to other women while trying to do that," she opined.
Hailey explained at the conclusion of her post that she's not "writing this for a pity party," rather for her fans to see their own beauty inside and out.
"It would be incredible if other young girls and women could find it in themselves to lift each other up, to stop making other women who are struggling JUST LIKE THEM, feel incompetent and less than," she asked for her fans to see the positive side.
"We ALL have flaws, and that will never change. What I do know is, God made us individuals for a reason, with our own beauty, our own personalities, and our own story because there's a specific plan and purpose for each and every human created and he makes no mistakes!!"
Baldwin has spoken about the impact of social media on her relationship to Sorry singer Justin Bieber;
"It's hard to focus on your well being and mental health when each time you open Instagram someone is tearing apart your job, or your relationship or essentially any of the things in your life that are positive."
She finished, "I won't let people make me feel like I'm doing something wrong by enjoying my life and being happy."
You go girl, everyone deserves to feel confident and positive in their own skin, no matter how big a celebrity they are.
Appearing on Busy Philipps' Busy Tonight show, she said, ''There’s times where I’m comfortable to post, and then times when I pull back a little bit. There’s certain things that I…even when North was doing my make-up and she was having the tantrum, I’m like “Do I wanna post that?”
She continued, ''And then I was like, oh it’s too funny I have to. But there are some things when I’m like, you know what, let’s not post that.''
The 38-year-old does say that it helps that her siblings are all having kids around the same time, so they can guide and help each other.
She said, ''Because there’s so many cousins, I do feel like they have this sense of…you know they grow up so normally and have so much fun, and I never want them to feel like things are for social media or anything like that. We definitely have the conversation about it.''
Sounds like Kim K's got this kids/social media thing all figured out tbh.
Chrissy Teigen is the latest celebrity to have been essentially CANCELLED online, after offensive tweets from back in 2010 and 2011 surfaced which say some pretty dodgy stuff about self-harm, Lindsey Lohan and trans people.
The tweets have been met with outrage on the internet, with Twitter users getting the hashtag #ChrissyTeigenIsOverParty trending almost instantaneously.
The comments are from roughly eight years ago, but they reference the appearances of celebrities such as Mariah Carey, Lady Gaga and in particular Lindsay Lohan.
I cannot wait to show up in court with john to fight this shit. @lindsaylohan what should I wear, you're the expert. Help.