Matthew McConaughey spoke out once again about the political divide in America, canceling the culture and the pandemic of the coronavirus.
The Dallas Buyers Club actor caused a furore last week when he appeared on Russell Brand’s podcast to discuss what he sees as the hypocrisy of asking conservatives to rally behind President-elect Joe Biden after four years of animosity towards President Donald Trump and his supporters.
The star appeared virtually on Tuesday’s episode of ‘Good Morning Britain’, addressing his comments, noting that neither liberals nor conservatives are to blame for the deep political divide in the country, but rather extremists on either side of the aisle .
‘You need liberals. What I think we don’t need are the illiberals. And what I think some liberals don’t see is that they are often cannibalized by the illiberals, ” McConaughey explained to receive Susanna Reid and Piers Morgan. “Now there are extremes on both sides that I think are unfair that I don’t think are the right place to be. The extreme left and the extreme right make the other side, the liberal and conservative side, completely illegal, which we need in certain places. The two extremes make those two sides impossible. Or they exaggerate that party’s attitude to an irrational state that makes no sense and is not fair if either side does. “
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When discussing how deeply divided America appears to be in late 2020, the actor also briefly touched on the cancellation of culture. He noted that everyone should pay attention to see what the future holds for the concept of freedom of speech.
“Where the waterline is going to land on this freedom of speech and what we allow and what we do not do and where this culture lifts, where that waterline lands is a very interesting place that we engage in now as a society that we try find out because we didn’t find the right place, ”he explained.
Despite his call for unity and understanding, the star noted that confrontation is still an essential part of any working society.
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‘You have to have the confrontation to have unity. That’s when a democracy works really well, ”he said (via Deadline). “I would say that we have no real confrontation at the moment, one that provides some confirmation and legitimizes the opposite position. We don’t give legitimacy or validation to an opposing point of view, we make it persona non grata, which is unconstitutional. “
Elsewhere in the interview, the star said he believes much of the stress America seems to be experiencing right now is directly due to the coronavirus pandemic, which is causing uncertainty among Americans who may never have experienced it on this scale before.
“Limbo is the hardest part,” he said. ‘I think we all do better when we have a definitive yes or no or an understanding of when the end of something, of some crisis or another will be. We haven’t had that for a while. So it has been a kind of one-way ticket to the dark. “
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He continued, “A lot of us get what I call anticipation fatigue. For the past eight months, many people go to bed every night thinking, “Maybe tomorrow will be over” and then they are abandoned the next day, then they do it again and are disappointed. Then you burn 30% or 40% of your energy because you think it will be over soon. Looks like we have a way out now. ”
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While he didn’t elaborate, McConaughey likely referred to the coronavirus vaccines as “a way out.” On Monday, the first doses of the coronavirus vaccine were shipped to Americans, and the first dose went to a health worker in Queens who has spent the past 10 months at the forefront of the pandemic.