Matthew McConaughey lives in Texas, and over the years, I think the Lone Star state has just done a number on him. His brain broke around the 2016 election, and he’s been saying vague MAGA-adjacent sh-t for several years now. He’s one of those white dudes who is suddenly super-worried about cancel culture, and how liberals are patronizing to moronic anti-maskers and racist Death Culters. At some point, McConaughey decided that he needed to publicly flirt with the idea that he could and should run for governor of Texas. His bongo drum told him it would be a good idea. No one even knows whether MM is a Democrat or Republican! And in a new interview, he’s not clarifying anything.
Whether he’ll run for TX gov: Matthew McConaughey is apparently not interested in running for Texas governor unless he thinks the role would allow him to truly make a difference. He explained what he meant by “measuring” a possible run for governor next year, saying he is still learning about politics from mentors — who he refrained from naming — and is considering how useful he would be in the position.
He would want to make real change: “Is that a place to make real change or is it a place where right now it’s a fixed game, you go in there, you just put on a bunch of band-aids, in fours year you walk out and they rip them off and you’re gone? I’m not interested in that.”
The poet-statesman: The self-proclaimed “folk-singing philosopher, poet-statesman” went on to call politics a “broken business” when it comes to political ideologies and said he fears a civil war if politicians remain on a path of “preservation of party” while not truly considering their constituents. With regards to fixing this issue, McConaughey said, “One side I’m arguing is ‘McConaughey exactly, that’s why you need to go get in there. The other side is ‘that’s a bag of rats man. Don’t touch that with a ten foot pole. You have another lane. You have another category to have influence and get done things you’d like to get done and help how you think you can help and even heal divides.'”
He can’t even pick a political party: Swisher also asked McConaughey about his party affiliation, pointing to former presidential and New York City mayoral candidate Andrew Yang calling for a new third party. “People want a third party and we’ve got one and it doesn’t have a name right now and it is the majority. I’m hesitant to throw labels… but there is a sleeping giant right now. I think it’s necessary to be aggressively centric to possibly salvage democracy in America right now.”
What he says about abortion: While not directly taking sides, McConaughey hinted at where he stands on some issues, saying he is for mask mandates and does not agree with Texas’ newly enforced abortion ban, calling it “juvenile in its implementation.”
What a moron. The problem with the Texas abortion-ban is NOT its implementation. It’s not “well, the law has some strengths but the way they implemented it is no bueno.” And let me tell MM something: if he’s going to hedge and talk out of both sides of his mouth about reproductive choice, he’s going to lose both sides. That’s something Texas voters feel strongly about on either side. You can’t play footsie with the anti-choice maniacs and then go to pro-choice people and say “but I said they implemented it the wrong way.” You either agree that women have a fundamental right to make their own reproductive choices or you don’t. It’s that simple. Stop with the “centrist” happy horses-t. It just reminds people that MM has no skin in the game, that none of these political realities actually affect him.
Also: I’m howling at “folk-singing philosopher, poet-statesman.” This bitch gets high and watches football. Spare me.
Photos courtesy of Avalon Red.
Im disappointed. You think u know your celebs, you buy into the image and the personality they purposely project and then they decide to do politics and you’re like wtf. So the topless hakuna matata bango player free spirit living in an airstream is not against the abortion law fair and square but thinks it’s juvenile in it’s implementation?
YES! I also am so sick of men talking in circles/talking nonsense and given respect, while women have to work ten times harder to even be heard.
A female colleague of mine suggested a problem and issue with our workplace that’s specifically related to her administrative job. She was only “heard” and “believed” after creating a fucking complex powerpoint of the issue and presenting it to the old men of my work. This is after like 8 months of discussion. Ugh, I just can’t.
All the weed fried what few brain cells Naked Bongo Man had. What a clown.
I am SO TIRED of celebs thinking they can step into a high level of government. Most of these idiots barely have a high school education. “I played a politician in a movie” does NOT qualify you to run a state (OR a country!!).
If they REALLY want to make a difference, show up at the LOCAL level: LEARN, get INVOLVED there!
Yes!! And shut the f#ck up about women’s issues!!! You are NOT a woman!! And do NOT enter a race that you are NOT qualified for, nor are you even interested in!!! Stop playing this game because you hurt those of us that want to change the color of the Governor’s office to BLUE, not shades of reddish sh!t stains you make in the bed!!!
My gosh, I am SO angry at his responses!!!
Poet-statesman, give me a break. Give me a break. The ENTITLEMENT. The “I have an opinion about politics so therefore, clearly, I’m fully qualified to consider a career in politics. My opinions should all be taken seriously. I have unique insight. Listen to my profound words. They matter. I’m a statesman. Except not.”
I find him so annoying. Just another basic white dude who thinks he’s profound waffling somewhere in the amoral centre of American politics. Congratulations. So special. So not a dime-a-dozen. /s
You’re either a defender and respecter of human rights or you’re not. End of story. There is no middle ground and anyone who occupies it is a moron.
All of this especially first paragraph. Reminds me of something I heard (can’t remember the source) “God give me the confidence of a mediocre white man” lol
So.on.point. @ GRNIEWNIE
Poet statesman LOL
“I think I can help and EVEN heal divides” get out LOL
Amen. And holy hell for him to single out “the implementation” of the TX anti-choice law is astonishingly idiotic. As is the idea of being “aggressively centric.”
He did get one thing right, his ruminating on maybe just staying in his lane.
Oh yeah, Matthew. That’s the problem with modern politics, we need a centric party to be more like the traitors in the GOP. Excellent. What a patriotic genius.
I said the same above. Does he run any of this s^it by anyone before he says it? JFC.
I don’t think so. Apparently he’s as stupid as we all thought she was. Please STFU and GO away!!! You are either FOR the pr!cks that established this awful law on abortion, or YOU aren’t!! Please, DON’T run!!!
What an a-hole!!!
His bong told him he had to get in there to fix everything.
Mathew McConaughey, and his short little arms, should just shut up. As if we need to hear more stupid opinions from a privileged white man.
okay that did make me laugh! never noticed until…..
Me too!! Thank you, I needed that!!
Wow, his arms really are abnormally short. He looks like a super upright t-rex.
@Qatar2 I believe his nickname on DListed is “Texas T-Rex”!
He also said he doesn’t know enough about the abortion ban. Then STFU and do some research before you spout off. That’s a cop-out. I am betting he DOES know enough and doesn’t want to say he agrees with it.
He’s turning into Connor from Succession. That some Grade A lack of self awareness.
That is spot on. Sigh.
Centrism is not possible when one side (GOP) is off the charts bonkers and ignoring facts/reality. There’s no way to fight the extremism of the party of QAnon from a “well let’s listen to both sides” position. We can’t hear both sides when one is flat out illogical and fascists.
As for juvenile implementation, MM can kick rocks– the law was actually implemented in a clever workaround to Roe v. Wade. The problem was the objective of the law, which was keeping women from proper medical care.
Yeah, all this says to me is that he’s a Republican that isn’t a QAnon guy. Which I hope would be most of them.
Thank you. So tired of the push for centrism on every damn thing.
Matthew McConaughey, professional fence straddler. We’re all seeing who he is (the IMPLEMENTATION!?) but he’s afraid to get ostracized in the entertainment industry.
Just say you’re a conservative already, Matthew, this is taking forever.
Why men think they have any right to decide or provide an opinion on what a woman does with her own body baffles me!
These same anti-maskers, anti-vaxers are the ones who don’t believe in a woman’s choice (which is affects just her and her inner circle) but sure do feel they have a choice when it comes to masks and vaccines that can affect society at large.
I am done with rich, old (yes MM is OLD) white men suggesting they know anything about what it is like to have to make the choice let alone weighing in on whether woman should be allowed to!
This feels like a good time to share a link to the National Network of Abortion Funds:
Donations will help women who are forced to travel to a different city or state to receive their abortion. That includes childcare, transportation, lodging, translation services, and moral support. If you’re able, please donate to a fund in Texas or your own state. Remember that the Texas law is a test run, and if it’s successful, it will spread very quickly to other red states. Any one of us women could find ourselves in the position of needing these funds.
Thank you so much for sharing this! I had never heard of this organization. It’s wonderful that they can provide resources to women in need across the US. It is so important to put a focus and a ‘face’ to the need to protect our fundamental right to healthcare.
Yes–abortion funds are great! Reminds me that I need to up my monthly donation to my state fund. Thanks for sharing!
Thanks for this; adding this group to my monthly donation list.
@ Miranda, thank you for the link. I donated to the Afiya Center, it was listed as a different facility on the link, but it goes towards obstetrics care for black women, who happen to suffer the greatest chances of death due to the racism that’s rampant in the US with HC providers. I have been reading about it for a few years and the percentage of Black women that die during or after childbirth is unaccounted in this country. But I also donate to PP of Texas as well.
Thank you for sharing the abortion fund donation link. I am so angry about this terrible, draconian law I could punch someone.
I guess when your life consists of taking bong rips and having people blow smoke up your ass there isn’t a good chance that anything of substance will come out of your mouth. Who’s inner monologue refers to themself in the third person by their last name? What a complete tool.
MM looks like the Texas-version of Johnny Depp. Guy never quite looks clean to me.
He really does! Actually, with the sunglasses, I can also see an unholy mix of Dale and Boomhauer from King of the Hill.
I want his opinions out of politics and women’s bodies
It’s disgusting how many white guys like to pretend they’re liberal but, when push comes to shove, they show they actually really want white supremacy (and it’s related patriarchy) to stay in place.
MIND YOUR UTERUS
I know this is ridiculous. I see what a fool he is. I disagree with most of his politics. But god help me, I still really like him. What is happening??
Bill Maher in his show talked about MM’s idea of running for president. Pretty much Maher said that it is all about Matthew ego because he (Matthew) is not nearly close to being qualified for the job. MM’s standing on women’s right to choose proves Maher right. He would a terrible at being president and even governor of Texas.
I blame the University of Texas for turning him into this. They have him teaching classes, made him a “Minister of Culture” (whatever that is), and have a whole section of MM related gear at the Co-Op. All that hero worship has clearly gone to his head.
He sounds like he picked up a hunter thompson book and now thinks he knows everything. He’s just an uneducated actor who’s not as smart as he thinks.
To use a favorite local expression, all hat, no cattle. His “mentors” = getting played as vote splitter by the entrenched Texas pol machine who’ve got hard evidence for what horrors they can accomplish when blowing a lot of sunshine up a vain & entitled celebrity’s ass. We’re going to see a lot more of this destructive celebrity nonsense since Grandpa Racist was such an effective cat’s paw for these monsters. Also, anyone who earnestly refers to themselves in the third person should have a toxic warning label slapped on their foreheads.
His “mentors” was probably a discussion with Arnold at a movie premiere.
Dude, you are totally right, that strategy has shades of Kanye in 2020!
You see? This is why I’ve always despised him. He’s such a Southern narcissist capitalizing on complicit diplomacy and an exaggerated accent. He’s freaking annoying as hell.
What the hell does “juvenile in its implementation” even mean? I don’t think McConaughey even knows. He just strung together some words that he thought sounded good.
Stick to you’re shitty ass acting; We don’t need more television actors running a country.
You want to make a difference in politics but have no experience and questionable intelligence and critical thinking skills?
Start local. Like school board or town board or library board. See how the sausage is made in a way that doesn’t threaten the rest of us.
Also the abortion ban wasn’t juvenile in its implementation. It was hateful in its creation.
He is juvenile in his personal implementation. Also, the Democratic party has the biggest tent but the 18C political system works against full representation.
Is he bored or running out of parts or just a swell-headed pretty boy?
I’d say Greg Abbott has made an actual difference in Texas. Is Matt not paying attention? Not to mention the legislators in Texas who are actively trying to decimate rights and helped kill people through bad energy policy, which still hasn’t been fixed, apparently. So, yeah, you can make a difference, Matty! You’d probably make a better difference staying out and supporting someone good though.
Matthew McConaughey or however you spell his name cannot run a successful bid for governor as an independent as he wont have the financial resources or manpower to run for it.
And neither the Democrats nor the Republicans will make him their candidate.
So this whole thing is already dead in the water
I have no idea why celebrities insist on ruining their careers by talking, much less doing something as stupid as running for political office. It’s like the Doutzen and Gisele controversy from last week over vaccines. Just shut up, look pretty, and collect a paycheck! That’s your job! You don’t have to be smart to do it, so stop pretending you are!
Kaiser, I was having a bad day and your post just warmed my snarky heart! Thank you from this Texan who is so over his nonsense!
Matthew Mcconaughey describing himself as a “folk-singing philosopher, poet-statesman” reminds me of Schmidt from New Girl describing his persona as “Luxury. Dessert. I’m a warrior poet, man.”