Actor and Uvalde native Matthew McConaughey gave a passionate speech from the White House press room yesterday asking, “How can we make the loss of these lives matter?”.
McConaughey invoked the lives of the 19 children and two teachers murdered by a mass shooter two weeks ago in the town where he was born and where his mother was a school teacher. He described visiting Uvalde, “You could feel the pain, the denial, the disillusion, anger, blame, sadness, loss of lives, dreams halted.”
The Oscar-winning actor was in Washington to talk to President Biden and other lawmakers about stricter gun laws. Something the GOP clearly doesn’t even want to talk about. Last week, one Republican announced he would not run for reelection because of the backlash from his own party over his support for gun control. How dare he.
McConaughey said, “We can’t truly be leaders if we are only living for reelection.” He will now face backlash from Republicans and the NRA.
McConaughey and his wife, Camila Alves McConaughey, displayed a pair of green Converse high tops that were worn by ten-year-old Maite Rodriguez, one of the victims of the Uvalde massacre. She had drawn a heart on the right shoe over her toes. McConaughey said, “These are the same green Converse on her feet that turned out to be the only clear evidence that could identify her after the shooting.”
I’ve never been a fan of Matthew McConaughey. He’s a very likable guy but I always felt like he wasn’t acting. To me, he has always seemed to play the same character, himself. I think he did that yesterday. Yes, it was powerful and it was a presentation, but he wasn’t acting. What he said came straight from the heart.
Shortly after his speech, I saw memes made by goons trying to discredit him. They can’t take down his message so the only thing they had to destroy was him. There were the usual complaints of a movie star telling us how to live. There were memes taken from McConaughey’s movies where he’s pictured with a gun as if that makes him a hypocrite. It doesn’t.
Actors can give us their viewpoints. What makes you think our elected officials are more qualified? Have you seen the caliber of our elected officials? Have you heard the shit that comes out of the mouths of the likes of Lauren Boebert, Matt Gaetz, Ted Cruz, or Marjorie Taylor Greene? I mean, if freedom means we can have any gun we want then it also means an actor can express his opinion publicly. Unlike Senator Tommy Tuberville, I bet Matthew McConaughey knows the three branches of government are NOT the House, Senate, and presidency. Maybe next time McConaughey comes to town, he can tell us how to lose a senator in ten days.
And McConaughey isn’t a hypocrite for playing a guy with a gun in a movie and being in favor of gun control. Anthony Hopkins probably isn’t in favor of cannibalism either. It’s called acting. Actors play characters. But the people calling McConaughey a hypocrite didn’t listen to his speech or they’re liars. He’s not for eradicating all guns. He’s a gun owner. Life is too complex for conservatives to understand. A gun owner can be in favor of gun control. You can own a car and believe drivers should be licensed and that cars should have tags, seatbelts, windshields, etc.
I don’t think I’ll ever be a huge fan of Matthew McConaughey as an actor or of his movies, although The Gentleman is kinda epic (I may have to rethink my position). But I like the man and I like where his heart is. He has principles and he’s using his star power to make a difference. Yesterday, his press conference was carried live by CNN, MSNBC, and…this one really surprised me, Fox News.
Quite frankly, I think that’s alright alright alright.
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I would like to know why we learned the extent of the violence perpetuated on those children and teachers from Mr. McConaughey, and not from the police, or the proud Texan politicians. Why were they hiding the worst horror from us? What really happened to those innocent people? Were we not supposed to know their beautiful bodies were ripped into shreds by so many bullets their identities were destroyed beyond recognition! If no one else asks, I will, “How did these people really die!”
AND, WHAT DID THE SURVIVORS HAVE TO LIVE WITH FOR THAT HOUR? Can they ever recover from what they saw?
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Good point. I’d not listened/watched anything ’til Clay told us about the MM speech . . . how horrifying. Was the sheriff who had ‘disappeared’ ever found?
No idea. We are not being told the whole story! It is too horrifying for our feeble sensitivities. It might actually make us believe guns really do kill people! And not jyst kill. MUTILATE BEYOND RECOGNITION. What if it took them minutes to die? HOW MUCH DID THOSE POOR PEOPLE SUFFER?
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I was wondering if you had seen Dallas Buyers Club (2013)? I’m no more a fan of MM in general than you are, but that was a performance I thought worked. His character was pretty much in the mold he usually uses, but over the course of the story tempers down his prejudices.
We need stricter laws governing the press. You should have to obtain a license in order to publish. Each and every day. And ink should be taxed. Heavily. And there should be an internet tax on the press. And the press should be subject to prosecution for harms. Criminal prosecution. Possibly long sentences.
We need red flag laws for the press. And anyone publishing who is on meds must disclose that. And the press much allow feedback in the form of comments.
I’m sure there’s more.
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I too think it’s alright! … “McConaughey and his wife, Camila Alves McConaughey, displayed a pair of green Converse high tops that were worn by ten-year-old Maite Rodriguez, one of the victims of the Uvalde massacre. She had drawn a heart on the right shoe over her toes. McConaughey said, “These are the same green Converse on her feet that turned out to be the only clear evidence that could identify her after the shooting.”
This will all die down in a couple more weeks or it will be on the News Broadcasts until something more spectacularly horrible happens …and I know that because that is the way these things have always been playing out and that is the way they will always play out as long as there are idiots in government who are bought off by the gun lobbies. End of story! Period! Fini!