Matthew McConaughey has done the unthinkable for an A-list Hollywood actor: Suggest people give President Donald Trump a break. As Meryl Streep and everyone at the SAG Awards could tell you, there is a ready market for challenging this president and his policies, but you're on your own if you go easy on him.
The topic came up when McConaughey was talking to a BBC reporter about his movie "Gold." The BBC reporter, Andrew Marr, noted that every American actor "or arty type" who had come to London had dumped on President Trump. He asked McConaughey if it was time for Hollywood and the cultural elite to "give the guy a break." The way he phrased that basically suggested McConaughey would be an elitist follower to do as the others have done, and wouldn't he be taking the high road to suggest another approach? So McConaughey took that angle, saying "they" (Hollywood + elites) don't have a choice:
"He's our president. And it's very dynamic and as divisive of an inauguration and time that we've ever had. At the same time, it's time for us to embrace, shake hands with this fact, and be constructive with him over the next four years. So, even those who most strongly may disagree with his principles or things he's said and done — which is another thing, we'll see what he does compared to what he had said — no matter how much you even disagreed along the way, it's time to think about how constructive can you be. Because he's our president for the next four years. At least."
Well, a lot of folks are not alright alright alright with that. Days later, McConaughey remains a trending topic, with 1 million people talking about his Trump quotes on Facebook, and still more on social media across the web. Entertainment Weekly's story on the topic has more than 500 comments, and you already know exactly how they break down. They are every single political discussion everywhere, just this time they include Matthew McConaughey -- with some dismissing his perspective as head-in-the-sand privilege, and others applauding him for not just mimicking (nearly) everyone else in Hollywood.
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