Matthew McConaughey on the Redskins Controversy:
Oscar Winning Actor Opposes Name Change but Thinks Change Is Inevitable
Oscar winning actor Matthew McConaughey said he opposes changing the Washington Redskins name and mascot, but thinks the pressure on the team to make the name change probably will succeed.
“It’s not going to hurt me,” McConaughey said in a recent GQ interview. “It’s just. . . I love the emblem. I dig it. It gives me a little fire and some oomph. Now that it’s in the court of public opinion. It’s going to change. I wish it wouldn’t, but it will.”
A small group of Native Americans have been pushing for the professional football team representing Washington, D.C. to change its name for years before the public began to hear their plea. The movement began to gain steam in 2013, when leftist journalists, politicians and media personalities gave the name change their approval.
“What interests me is how quickly it got pushed into the social consciousness,” McConaughey said. “We were all fine with it since the 1930s, and all of a sudden we go, ‘No, gotta change it?’ It seems like when the first levee breaks, everybody gets on board.
“I know a lot of Native Americans don’t have a problem with it,” McConaughey added. “But, they’re not going to say, ‘No, we really want the name.’ That’s not how they’re going to use their pulpit. It’s like my feeling about gun control: I get it.”
McConaughey defended his appearances in romantic comedies such as THE WEDDING PLANNER, FOOL’S GOLD and FAILURE TO LAUNCH. He says he is “absolutely” proud of his work in those movies despite the critical raspberries they received.
“These things aren’t easy. What’s hard is to make them look easy,” McConaughey said. “Those kinds of movies are what they are. They get pooh-poohed by critics. They get pooh-poohed by actors themselves. Even so, there’s a buoyancy you need to make them work. I believe I gave them buoyancy.”
McConaughey is particularly proud of fighting to give his characters some masculine strength.
“What’s a romantic comedy?” he asked. “Boy meets girl. They get together. Something happens. Girl takes off. Boy chases girl. They get back together. The end. A lot of times the male is somewhat emasculated, meaning he has to crawl back and say, ‘I’m nothing without you. If you don’t take me back, I’m nothing.’ I was always like, ‘What girl wants that guy?’”
McConaughey concluded: “I’ve got no problem saying, ‘I’m sorry. You want to give this another shot?’ But, I’ve got to come back with some integrity – even if it’s on a moped with a veil on my head. Look, I’m happy if you think I ‘cruised through’ those. I did my work.”
McConaughey next stars in INTERSTELLAR, the next movie by BATMAN BEGINS creator Christopher Nolan, which comes out Nov. 5.
– Source: The Wrap, 10/21/14.
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