UNSPECIFIED LOCATION – APRIL 18: In this screenshot, Matthew McConaughey speaks during “One World: … [+]
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Oscar winner Matthew McConaughey, who described himself as “aggressively centrist”, spoke to comic / actor Russel Brand about his “Under the Skin” podcast, and McConaughey may have lost some fans when he became “Hollywood hypocrite” exclaimed “when discussing the recent presidential election.
McConaughey said that while he was hoping people could get together and meet in the proverbial “middle of the street,” he added that the other two sides, the two vehicles on either side of the political aisle, are so far apart that their … tires aren’t even on the sidewalk anymore. “
His views are not that unique, but the Oscar winner then declared, “There are a lot (of people) on the illiberal left who are absolutely condescending, patronizing and arrogant of the other 50 percent.”
Such views, however, have not fallen on deaf ears on social media. Singer / songwriter Aisha (@aishamusic) was among those who agreed with the harsh feelings, responding, “Matthew McConaughey and Russell Brand are right. I’ve seen it firsthand. Hollywood claims to be so liberal and tolerant but is.” full of hate, cruel, evil, vengeful madmen. They are a disgrace. They attack madly and try to destroy anyone who disagrees with them. “
@ flowerlady61 added, “I love the description of being ‘aggressively centrist’. This is a man who is not only sexy, smart and talented, but also decent and common sense.”
Others were far more hostile, and one user @TapMopula suggested, “Why anyone cares about the opinions of Matthew McConaughey and Russell Brand is a mystery to me. They’re actors, not political scientists – and terrible.”
The feelings were shared by @ PearlVCalhoun2, who offered, “And we should listen to him because he’s an actor?”
However, one has to wonder why Alyssa Milano, America Ferrea and Leonardo DiCaprio, who all used their celebrity to become high profile activists and who regularly use social media and podcasts to share political views, never said the same thing. Today’s celebrities can often influence elections, a point that many clearly miss.
McConaughey also noted during Brand’s podcast that many on the left “completely deny” that Donald Trump won the US presidential election, simply stating that the same people should understand that it is right, frustration and even some disbelief to express this time.
However, many of the responses to McConaughey on Twitter simply tried to argue that he thought he was so “wrong”. Few have actually looked into the fact that 70 million people supported President Trump. Instead, many of the comments failed to address the point the actor was aiming for – namely that one side was upset with the results four years ago and now that they’re glad they can’t understand why the other half has similar frustrations .
To too many on social media, if you’re not with them, you are against America – which is an almost ironic view, as they were certainly in the resistance but in a patriotic way.
@ sam54253103 remarked, “The rest of us know exactly what he said. Just what he meant. Oh hey, let’s get together and put the blame on one side so we can meet in the middle. Yeah, right . Anyone who says that is part of the problem. “
However, at least one Twitter user, @RealBotPower, saw that it was a discussion and not a discourse. “One thing to say about this interview, McConaughey certainly got under the skin of some people
So he likes to stir the pot. Calm the people down, it’s just food for thought. Some people are able to entertain and discuss side-by-side ideas. A contrarian aka not one-dimensional. “
All of this shows once again how difficult the demand for unity will be if we continue to ignore each other’s side view – and here, too, social media could be the greatest obstacle to healing the divide.