It’s a beautiful thing to see a guy as successful and famous as Matthew McConaughey still have his head on right when viewing the world, and the two “sides” of the political spectrum.
If you’ve paid any attention to any of the virtual press he’s done in the past couple years (especially, for his new book Greenlights), he’s taken issue with both sides, many times, calling for an overhaul on how we do politics… he even said before he declined to run for the Governor of Texas, that he sees politics to be a “broken business.”
McConaughey is a self-described Centrist, who digs deeper, and most importantly, finds nuance in the way he looks at politics and the people who support a given agenda.
It’s refreshing, he takes issue with both sides on a lot of topics, but is particularly fed up with the way people go about making their point heard.
This is the exact opposite of what you see on Facebook when people you know share mind-numbingly divisive political articles based on a headline, without actually knowing a damn thing about how the world really works.
Russell Brand and McConaughey went DEEP into politics and the far Left (among many other topics) during a 2020 episode of Brand’s Under the Skin podcast.
Citing both the United States and his home country of England as examples, Russ said he took exception to the way people have begun to look down on working class people:
“There’s a lot of condemnation and criticism as what I might describe as ordinary working people.
There’s a kind of offhandedness, like, ‘Oh, they’re dumb, they’re voting for Brexit, they’re voting for Trump.’ I don’t like it, and I don’t like to hear it.”
Matthew agreed, and he blames it on the Hollywood elite, and what he called the “illiberal Left”:
“There are a lot of people on that illiberal left that absolutely condescend, patronize, and are arrogant towards the other 50 percent.
I’m sure you saw it in our industry when Trump was voted in four years ago, they were in denial that was real. Some of them were in absolute denial.”
“Now, Biden’s our guy… you’ve got the Right that’s in denial, ’cause their side has fake news. And I understand, they’ve been fed fake news. No one knows what the hell to believe, right? So they’re putting down their last bastion of defense.”
McConaughey is challenging folks to get aggressively centric:
“I almost feel like it’s a move to say, ‘Let’s get aggressively centric. I dare you.'”
Matthew also went at the Twitter Blue Checks for attacking people from afar, calling it “short money” and “rubbernecking” through life.
If you’re tired of divisive politics (but not tired enough to listen to a conversation on it) this is a great chat.