And it has properly divided the internet
Hollywood has made its opinion of President Donald Trump very clear, with A-list stars at both the 2017 Golden Globes and the SAG awards using the televised ceremony and red carpet to take a stand and speak out against Trump and his new policies.
Ashton Kutcher called out the recent immigration ban when he opened the 2017 SAG awards, addressing the people ‘in airports that belong in [his] America’ and telling them ‘You are a part of the fabric of who we are. And we love you and we welcome you.’
On a similar note, Meryl Streep used her acceptance speech at the Golden Globes to shut Trump down, explaining ‘When the powerful use their position to bully others, we all lose’.
The past two weeks have seen a host of A-list stars publicly protesting Donald Trump and his controversial policies, refusing to back down. This week, however, Matthew McConaughey stood out from the pack, and it hasn’t gone down well.
During a recent interview with BBC’s Andrew Marr, the Oscar-winning actor announced that maybe it was time that we all moved on.
When asked about Hollywood’s fierce reaction to Trump’s presidency and whether it was time to go a bit easier on him, McConaughey replied:
‘Well, they don’t have a choice now, he’s our President. It’s very dynamic and as divisive of an inauguration and time that we’ve ever had. At the same time, it’s time for us to embrace and shake hands with this fact and be constructive with him over the next four years.’
He continued: ‘So anyone, even those who may strongly disagree with his principles or things he’s said and done — and that’s another thing, we’ll see what he does compares to what he has said — no matter how much you even disagreed along the way, it’s time to think about how constructive can you be.’
The Oscar-winner’s comments have divided the internet, with some agreeing that it might be time to stop protesting the President in order to be constructive. Others, however, were left outraged by his remarks, criticising McConaughey for not standing up to Trump, a few Twitter users even announcing they would be boycotting his new film, Gold.
People were particularly shocked by McConaughey’s remarks as the episode aired after Trump’s immigrant ban, an order that should have struck a chord with the actor as his wife was born in Brazil and only became a US citizen in 2015.
It has been pointed out, however, that the interview was likely to have been taped before Trump announced the ban.