Matthew McConaughey spoke out on politics and cancel culture on Good Morning Britain as he promoted his new book Greenlights. The actor blasted the extremes of both left-wing and right-wing politics as he claimed free speech was at risk as people from all spectrums of the political scale refused to accept the validity of their opponents’ views.
Piers Morgan and Susanna Reid asked Matthew to discuss his thoughts on politics and liberalism.
The actor began: “You need liberals, what I don’t think we need is the illiberals.
“What I don’t think liberals see is they are often being cannibalised by the illiberals.
“Now 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 illegitimise the other two sides, the liberal and conservative sides,” he continued.
“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 actor added that cancel culture was “unconstitutional” and threatening democracy.
“There is no room for any consensus,” Matthew shared. “You have got to have confrontation to have unity… that’s when a democracy works really well.
On life in lockdown, he said: “My family is doing pretty good. I think us, like everybody, is looking forward to seeing what 2021 can be.
“My family has handled this last eight months of quarantine pretty well, luckily our pantry is pretty full and we were able to get my 88-year-old mother to come and move in with us eight months ago.
“We are looking forward to re-engaging again.
“Limbo is the hardest part. We all do better when we have a definitive yes or no or understanding when the end is going to be of some crisis.”
“We haven’t had that for some time, so it’s been sort of a one-way ticket to limbo. Quite a few of us get what I call ‘anticipation fatigue,” he added.
“For the last eight months every night, many people are going to bed thinking maybe tomorrow it is over, and then they are let down.
“And then the next day they are let down… you are burning thirty, forty percent of your energy because you are thinking maybe it will be over soon.”
Good Morning Britain airs weekdays on ITV at 6am.