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Hollywood superstar brings the truth

Feb 10, 2017

Alright, alright, alright. It seems someone in Hollywood is finally making logical sense that I can actually get on board with.

Since President Trump’s election win, some of his most outspoken skeptics have been Hollywood elites. From Madonna’s remarks at a recent Women’s March, to Super Bowl athletes refusing to meet with the newly elected president, and the countless other celebrity Tweets and online videos slamming not only Trump, but also shamelessly disrespecting his family and supporters, much of Hollywood has certainly not made it easy for a peaceful transition of power between Obama and Trump, nor have they made themselves look all that great at times.

As someone who is a Twitter user, television watcher and entertainment news follower, the past year in Hollywood has been, at times, an annoying and hate-filled pool of complaining and a serious lack of respect for the leader of our country. Many actors and entertainers who I once enjoyed following on social media for their wit and humor, have now been Tweeting out more anti-Trump rhetoric than anything else, making it even harder for this country to come back together as a nation.

However, when a friend of mine shared a link of award-winning acting superstar, Matthew McConaughey, talking sense about the president, I will admit I have some renewed hope for Hollywood. In a recent interview in which McConaughey was promoting his newest film, the interviewer posed a question to McConaughey regarding his feelings about Hollywood’s apparent hatred of Trump’s presidency and his supporters.

“They (Hollywood) don’t have a choice now. He’s our president. This was one of the most divisive of an inauguration and time that we’ve ever had as a country. 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,” the actor responded. “So anyone — even those who may strongly disagree with his views, 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.”

Folks, when I heard this, I had to do a silent round of applause for Mr. McConaughey. This man gets the award for the most common sense coming out of Hollywood with regard to President Trump’s election that I have heard in awhile.

To tell you the truth, I don’t know where Matthew McConaughey’s political views stand at the moment, nor do I care. What McConaughey said in that interview went beyond politics - it cut to the heart of things.

With all the violent protesting going on that is pitting one political or social group against another, how much are we actually listening to one another anymore? Are we accepting what is fact and looking at ways where we can come together as a nation, or are we more interested in shouting our political views at the top of our lungs, trying to be louder than the other team?

As much as many Hollywood elites have used their positions of fame and fortune to delegitimize Trump and mock those who have supported him thus far in his presidency, and as much as many of their fans have encouraged the practice by agreeing with their actions, how nice would it be if we all took a key out of McConaughey’s book and just decided to “be constructive” - regardless of where you stand politically.

What McConaughey did in a single interview was breathe common sense into a frenzied world of nonacceptance. Judging by this past election, it seemed many more celebrities came out in public support of Hillary Clinton than any of the other candidates in election, which is fine. Exercise your right to vote for whom you like most.

I will say, however, that with fame comes responsibility. I wouldn’t presume to tell someone who they have to vote for in an election. It would also be irresponsible of me to try and slam someone because of their views on any given social policy in 140 characters or less on Twitter.

Rather, I encourage celebrities who have a large platform to effect positive change and to encourage peace the way McConaughey is doing. Making Trump supporters the butt of every other joke on social media and calling for the country to rise up in disrespectful opposition of the President on almost every other issue is not constructive.

If more people in Hollywood used their influence the way McConaughey did, I think our nation would be in a much kinder state.

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