Matthew McConaughey: ‘The extreme left and the extreme right completely illegitimize the other side’
Actor Matthew McConaughey is doubling-down on comments he made last week about “illiberals” and the current state of politics in the United States.
While appearing on “Good Morning Britain” on Tuesday to promote his memoir “Greenlights,” the “True Detective” star elaborated on his previous claims that his Hollywood colleagues can have “condescending” and “arrogant” attitudes when it comes to the Trump supporters and the right.
‘Some liberals don’t see they’re being cannibalised by the illiberals.’ @McConaughey explains he thinks free speech and both sides of being political debate are ‘illegitimatised’ by the other side.@piersmorgan | @susannareid100 pic.twitter.com/fY5o4THqcs
— Good Morning Britain (@GMB) December 15, 2020
“You need liberals. What I don’t think we need is the illiberals,” McConaughey told hosts Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid while appearing on the British news program. “What I don’t think that some liberals see is that they’re often being cannibalized by the illiberals.”
He continued, stating that both sides can be problematic and tend to cancel each other out.
“There are extremes on both sides that I think are unfair, that I don’t think are the right place to be. The extreme left and the extreme right completely illegitimize the other side, the liberal and conservative side, which we need in certain places,” he said. “The two extremes illegitimize those two sides. Or they exaggerate that side’s stance into an irrational state that makes no sense and that’s not fair when either side does that.”
The Oscar-winning actor briefly mentioned “cancel culture,” and how it could possibly influence free speech in the future.
“Where the waterline is going to land on this freedom of speech and what we allow and what we don’t and where this cancel culture goes, where that waterline lands is a very interesting place that we are engaged in right now as a society that we’re trying to figure out because we haven’t found the right spot.”
Although McConaughey previously dared Americans to get “aggressively centric,” he noted that to some degree, conflict is a necessary evil.
“You’ve got to have confrontation to have unity,” he said, according to Deadline. “That’s when a democracy works really well.”
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