The actor was being interviewed by presenters Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid when he spoke about his beliefs around politics and so-called ‘cancel culture’. He said:
“You need liberals. What I don’t think we need is the illiberals and what I don’t think that some liberals see is that they’re often being cannibalised by the illiberals,” adding, “There are extremes on both sides that I think are unfair, that I don’t think are the right place to be.”
On cancel culture, McConaughey said:
‘Where the waterline’s going to land on this freedom of speech and what we allow and what we don’t and where this cancel culture goes… is a very interesting place that we’re engaged in right now in society and trying to figure out because we haven’t found the right spot.’
His comments have split opinion, with some agreeing wholeheartedly, while others suggest beliefs like his legitimise racism and hatred.
But McConaughey’s comments didn’t go down with others, who didn’t appreciate the ‘both sides’ argument when it comes to certain topics, such as racism.
Piers Morgan and Matthew Mcconaughey talking about "cancel culture", "liberalism" and "tolerance" whilst simultaneo… https://t.co/TWFGdGkMKk
— Della Freeman | ♿😷👩🏼🦼#StopTheLeftPurge (@Della Freeman | ♿😷👩🏼🦼#StopTheLeftPurge)
@GMB @McConaughey @piersmorgan @susannareid100 It’s really hard to understand or find a middle ground with the righ… https://t.co/fwY5dlSTcE
— Judy in da Richmond (@Judy in da Richmond)
It seems unlikely McConaughey’s comments are going to do anything to help bridge the divide.