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31st May 2021

Matthew McConaughey insists masks ‘don’t take away identity and freedom’

George McKay

“I’m not believing you’re really scared of this little cotton thing”

Oscar-winning actor Matthew McConaughey has condemned anti-maskers and insisted the politicisation of wearing a mask is evidence that society has become needlessly divided.

He has insisted that wearing a mask does nothing to take away from one’s ‘identity and freedom’ while speaking on YouTube talk show The Carlos Watson Show.

The actor said:

I think the best example, for my mind, this last year is the damn dispute over the masks that got politicised.

Come on, man. I’m not believing you’re really scared of this little cotton thing. I’m not believing you really feel that takes away your identity and your freedom. This is a short-term inconvenience for long-term freedom.

There’s no data that says it’s not a good thing. There’s no data that says it’s harmful. Let’s all take one for the team here.

McConaughey’s latest comments come as he reportedly considers a run for Texas state governor, making calls to political advisors to decide whether he should take the plunge into politics.

According to Politico, the Dallas Buyers’ Club and Interstellar star has spoken to numerous advisors to see whether he would be in with a shot of winning against Republican governor Greg Abbott.