Matthew McConaughey, from Texas, speaks out on Governor Gregory Abbott’s decision to lift the state’s mask mandate as the ongoing coronavirus pandemic continues.
The Oscar-winning actor appeared as a guest on Wednesday’s episode of “CBS This Morning” to discuss his latest advantage for the Texans whose lives were severely affected by last month’s deadly winter storm.
While discussing the aftermath of the storm, McConaughey asked a question about the governor’s decision to lift the state’s mask mandate, which took place earlier this month.
“My reaction to this is that I was a little stunned by the decision,” McConaughey said. “I understand ‘go back to work.’ What I didn’t understand was ‘pull the warrant out of the mask’.”
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McConaughey stressed that wearing a face mask is “only a minor inconvenience” that can help save lives. He also suggested it may not be the face masks many in the country disagree with.
“I just want to remind, not only the Texans, but everyone out there, that’s not the mask we’re afraid of, come on. It’s the word ‘warrant.’ Let’s not leave the word ‘warrant. “Hamper the practical use of this little tool called a mask. It’s just a small inconvenience today for more freedom tomorrow,” said McConaughey.
Knowing that it is now the Texans’ “choice” whether or not they wear masks to stop the spread of COVID-19, McConaughey implored “people around the world” to cover up.
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“If you have a choice, keep hiding yourself. It has been proven to help. We don’t have much more time in there, we’re going to get through this. Thank you,” the star said.
McConaughey’s criticism of Gov. Abbott’s decision is interesting given the actor recently asked if he would ever run for office in his homestay. He did it again on Wednesday, noting it was still a possibility.
“Like I said before, I’m thinking about it,” McConaughey told the hosts. “I would be crazy not to do that. It is a very honorable thing to consider what this position would mean, what it would be for me, what it would mean for the people of Texas. I have to decide for myself what my job is. category. where I can be of most use in life here. “
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Whether in power or not, McConnaughey is mobilizing to help his fellow Texans in the wake of the devastating winter storm by hosting a performance this Sunday. Named “We Are Texas”, artists like Kelly Clarkson, Willie Nelson, Kacey Musgraves and many more are expected to participate.
It’s an event McConaughey helped organize, but only thanks to his wife, Camila Alves McConaughey, who he says came up with the idea.
“Camila came and knocked on my door and said, ‘Do you see what’s going on here? “”, Recalls McConaughey. “She has my back. I bowed my head, gathered people to go to work.”
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McConaughey said he immediately called Texas businesses, athletes and stars calling Texas home to see if they could help.
“We’re happy with where we’re at, with a lot of help from a lot of people in Texas and beyond,” he said.
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