Matthew McConaughey Slams Texas Governor for Lifting Mask Mandate

By Moody College of Communication from Austin, USA - Matthew McConaughey and Scott Rice host conversation with film director and screenwriter Jeff Nichols., CC BY-SA 2.0, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=86256727

Academy Award winning actor Matthew McConaughey, who may be considering running for governor of his native Texas, took a shot at his potential competition.

In a guest appearance on “CBS This Morning” on Wednesday, he was asked about Governor Gregory Abbott’s decision to lift the state’s mask mandate. “My reaction to that is, I was a little dumbfounded by the decision,” McConaughey responded. “I understand ‘go back to work.’ What I did not understand was ‘pull the mask mandate.'”

“Look… We’re on our way to seeing light at the end of the tunnel,” he explained. The mask is just this minor inconvenience… It’s not the mask we’re afraid of, come on, it’s the word mandate. Alright, so let’s not let the word mandate get in the way of the practical use of this little tool called a mask.”

Acknowledging that the mandate is over, he encouraged Texans to wear a mask anyway. “It’s just a small inconvenience today for more freedom tomorrow, so now it’s our choice,” he concluded. “If you have the choice, keep masking up. It’s proven to help, we don’t have much longer in this, we’ll get through this, thank you.”

McConaughey was asked about the rumors that he is considering a gubernatorial run in the Lone Star State’s upcoming election. “As I’ve said before, I’m giving it consideration,” he replied. “I’d be a fool not to. It’s a very honorable thing to consider what that position would mean, what it would be for me, what it would mean for the people of Texas. I have to decide for me what is my category where I can be most useful in life from here.”

For now, he’s focusing on his YouTube channel, which he announced on Twitter Monday. “McConaughey here, and I want to welcome you to my YouTube channel,” he said in the video. “It’s a destination where I’m going to share who I am, who I’m not, what I believe in, what I don’t, what I’m doing, what I’m not doing, along with some approaches to life that I’ve found useful and constructive along the way.”

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Larry Sawell
Larry Sawell
1 month ago

Mathew. Kiss it.

Carlo
Carlo
1 month ago

Another actor who now i wont watch.

Vester Hasson
Vester Hasson
1 month ago
Reply to  Carlo

Me either.

Laxmom
Laxmom
1 month ago

Stick to acting matt, leaving the important jobs to the smart people.

adrian maclean
adrian maclean
1 month ago
Reply to  Laxmom

Hey Matt , take the time and do your own research on the efficacy of masks in preventing the spread of covid type viruses . They do not work and actually have been found to be harmful to humans ; even causing death through oxygen deprivation and suffocation . Those who order mask mandates will eventually be held accountable for the harm they are causing . Hand and surfaces hygiene is the major weapon against the spread of all viruses . Those who make and sell masks are the major beneficiaries of mask mandates through the billions of dollars they are making at our expense .

Maggie
Maggie
1 month ago
Reply to  adrian maclean

Adrian’s comment is a good one. I like Matt’s work on the big screen. But he does need to look outside the hollywood block thinking, and actually do research. Maybe listen to OANN news or Liz McDonald on Fox Business. I could see him becoming a leader in politics . He is a good family man.
Ronald Reagan was a long time democrat until he suddenly saw the light.
He gave a detailed speech on how he became a convert. Probably
wrote a paper on it as well. Start your engine, Matt….

Geary
Geary
1 month ago

Stick to acting! The whole mask thing is a joke ! The mask is like putting up a chainlink fence to stop mosquitoes! It is a control gimmick!

Mark Hawthorne
Mark Hawthorne
1 month ago

Matt, you are a good actor and I believe a well-intended conservative, but you have not done your homework and therefore will make a poor representative for your state. Read some articles, or watch some video from America’s Frontline Doctors on the benefits of wearing a mask. It will give you something to think about.

Anti communism
Anti communism
1 month ago

He’s just another rich communist actor that thinks everybody but his elite group of dope addict actors should run the world as the saying goes I’m not the governor but I played one on TV which make me the best one to run the state of Texas, if he wants to be governor let him run in California, I was born on Virginia but that doesn’t make me qualified to be governor their, he does not and has not resided in Texas so what make him qualified to know the needs of the average Texan.

Last edited 1 month ago by Anti communism
xtinmover
1 month ago

Winning an academy award is no credential for being governor of a state. It is a “good ol boy in hollywood” confirmation. 85% of the movies made in Hollywood are failures. Do you want that success rate (15%) the billboard for your next governor Texas?

Gene Ralno
Gene Ralno
1 month ago

Greg Abbott is wildly popular in Texas because he’s conservative. McConaughey shot himself in the foot with such criticism. He may also have damaged his chances as president because Texas boasts more than 15 million registered voters.

Rivahmitch
Rivahmitch
1 month ago

No Michael. It’s giving up “a little freedom today” as sample of what you’ll be required to give up tomorrow and next year and so your children and grandchildren will never know what freedom was. That’s the problem… along with the fact that masks are not conclusively proven effective. I guess this does give you a way to ro hint to folks under which party flag you might be running in the future.

Mark Brickey
Mark Brickey
1 month ago

OK, Mathew, welcome to America!You may wear as many masks as you wish and say whatever you wish, just be aware that Abbot has the same freedoms and is allowing each & every one of his citizens the same. That’s called Constitutional Freedom guaranteed us by the 1st Amendment. Have you read it? Or even heard of it?!?

Mark Brickey
Mark Brickey
1 month ago
Reply to  Mark Brickey

By the way, is this guy any kind of actor at all? I don’t believe that I’ve ever seen him… Of course, I’ve not wasted my money in a theatre for at least 10 years…

Dorrie
Dorrie
30 days ago
Reply to  Mark Brickey

Mark you have a point about the 1st Amendment giving us the right to decide for ourselves but in a way you are bashing Michael’s right to the same guaranteed freedom. Why can’t we allow people to voice their opinion even if we don’t agree. It doesn’t change anything by trying to degrade them. I’m more concerned with the “Woke” people taking the liberty of changing the meaning of words to suit themselves and just what the heck is a woke person, just someone that is not asleep!

Mark
Mark
1 month ago

If you are this IGNORANT about masks and how they don’t do a damn thing to stop a virus then you have NO BUSINESS being in power for ANYTHING

Judy
Judy
1 month ago

Oh boy!! Another actor that thinks he could do better… geez!! I really doubt he would get alot of votes! I wouldn’t vote for him!!

James Jacobs
James Jacobs
1 month ago

Where is the proof that masks work?
Arizona Rep. Andy Biggs called attention to data from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention showing people who “always” or “often” wear face masks showed symptoms of the coronavirus more than people who “never” or “rarely” wear masks. That is the science.

CAK
CAK
1 month ago

Hey Matt, what about all the maskless and covid positive illegals being allowed into this country?

WaltK
1 month ago

Well – I’ll never vote for him!

Patriot
Patriot
1 month ago

Another actor whose stupidity is greater than his acting ability. Now adding him to my list of actors I won’t watch.
As rich and lazy as these actors are, you’d think they’d hire someone to do the real research for them, so they don’t reveal just how stupid they are.
Why not run against Biden? He’s allowing covid infected illegals to come into the country spreading out across the nation. Our tax dollars paying to bus these illegals to the city of their choice. Oh right, Matt doesn’t know anything about this. Back to your bubble Matt where you can wear your mask 24/7. And don’t let a little inconvenience stop you.

Jane C Dewberry
Jane C Dewberry
1 month ago

As a citizens of this great country, Mr. McConaughey has the right to continue to wear a mask until Hades freezes over if he so chooses. What he cannot do is demand that the rest of us comply with his wishes. Until the Bill of Rights is repealed, it is still a country in which the citizens have the right to decide for themselves whether to wear/not wear a mask. The government mandates, federal/state/local/, are nothing more than stern requests. They are not laws. They were not voted on and passed by any legislature and therefore do not have to be followed. The problem lies with the people who have allowed their government to manipulate their behavior through lies and fear. Those folks will be wearing masks until that blizzard in the Netherworld takes place. What a pity.

edi
edi
1 month ago

What do know, another doctor that acts.

JCE
JCE
1 month ago

I have enjoyed his acting but Matthew’s antics at playing politician is too much. The governor did the correct thing by removing the mandate and allowing Texans to keep living like normal humans. Those who feel threatened can still wear masks and those who don’t can stop wearing them. There has never been any proof that masks actually work as the science and the doctor advice says no.

Nine Island Girl
Nine Island Girl
1 month ago

Matt, stick to memorizing your lines.
You’re just another Hollyweird liberal shooting off your mouth. Oh, and by the way married to a libturd from corrupt Brazil. People of Texas, please don’t give him the time of day.

Original Anna
Original Anna
30 days ago

I want to know if he is a republican, conservative, democrat, communist party, progressives which the democrats don’t use any more, left, right, moderate of the party he is running in because if republican we have republicans right now voting with democrat legislation and it’s time to really vet these people. Even this last election republicans got in congress and were voting against Trump and other republicans with the democrats the day they got in. They have got to be better vetted so these democrats don’t get to destroy this country.