Matthew McConaughey believes that Americans need to “embrace Trump” because, like it or not, they don’t have much of a choice now. The 47-year-old actor recently sat with BBC’s Andrew Marr to promote his new film Gold. It was there that the conversation turned his opinion of the polarizing president.
Gold explores the story of a down-on-his-luck and a geologist as they try to strike gold in the jungles of Indonesia. Marr compared the film’s theme to the privilege and power play at work in the US, comparing the characters, small-time businessmen, to “not Trump’s America”.
He then noted that much of Hollywood and the cultural elite of America dump on Trump, and asked McConaughey if he’d thought that it was time to “give this guy a break”.
Alright, Alright, Alright
In short, Matthew McConaughey expressed that, indeed, it was time to pull the punches and get to work. He went on to suggest that future movements of the nation’s citizens ought to be constructive, rather than one of conflict:
“”Well, they don’t have a choice now. He’s our president. It’s very dynamic and as divisive of an inauguration and time that we’ve ever had. At the same time, it’s time for us to embrace and shake hands with this fact. And be constructive with him over the next four years.
So even those who may strongly disagree with his principles or things he’s said and done… no matter how much you even disagreed along the way, it’s time to think about how constructive can you be.”
Support And Backlash
Naturally, Matthew McConaughey invited both messages of anger and support for his stance.
The anti-Trump camp was quick to suggest that McConaughey was unaware of some issues caused by Trump. Being a white man, and a Hollywood A-Lister at that, probably didn’t make his message ring clearly for those concerned for minorities. Trump’s rhetoric has been consistently criticized for its sexist, or racist, nature.
Perhaps, being one of the “elites” himself, Matthew McConaaughey’s short response invited plenty of vitriol:
Middle-aged, straight, rich, white man wants everyone to get behind Trump's presidency. Imagine that. #MatthewMcConaughey
— ian.i.am (@DivineDigit) February 2, 2017
It's easy for a RICH WHITE MAN to tell us to embrace Trump.. Tell that to the faces of minorities, refugees and MUSLIMS. #MatthewMcConaughey
— diamondovelove (@diamondovelove1) February 2, 2017
However, some lauded Matthew McConaughey for his comment, which to many, simply made sense. Others pointed out that making such a statement was a brave move, given that the actor probably knew he’d be met with plenty of anger from the anti-Trump camp. After all, as Marr pointed out, it’s the norm these days for celebrities to hate Trump. Encouraging cooperation and being constructive instead are not the usual moves.
— Angela (@ccangel21) February 2, 2017
#MatthewMcConaughey, I will support Donald the same way Republicans embraced and supported Obama for last 8 years. It's the least I can do.
— Mindful-ish mommy (@rolandaseq) February 3, 2017
And some tweets… well, some simply poked fun at how making a political statement was potentially disastrous to his career.
— Mr. Jameson Neat (@MrJamesonNeat) February 2, 2017
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