Everyone’s Freaking Out About Matt McConaughey Being A Redkins Fan.. Here’s How Well He Handled It
Here’s an excerpt from an interview McConaughey had with GQ:
GQ: What do you think about the calls for the team to change its name?
MM: Man, it’s twofold. What interests me is how quickly it got pushed into the social consciousness. We were all fine with it since the 1930s, and all of a sudden we go, “No, gotta change it”? It seems like when the first levee breaks, everybody gets on board. I know a lot of Native Americans don’t have a problem with it, but they’re not going to say, “No, we really want the name.” That’s not how they’re going to use their pulpit. It’s like my feeling about gun control: “I get it. You have the right to have guns. But look, let’s forget that right. Let’s forget the pleasure you get safely on your range, because it’s in the wrong hands in other places.”
GQ: But as a fan, it would hurt you a little to see the logo gone?
MM: It’s not going to hurt me. It’s just… I love the emblem. I dig it. It gives me a little fire and some oomph. But now that it’s in the court of public opinion, it’s going to change. I wish it wouldn’t, but it will.
But even better, we finally get to the bottom of how McConaughey, from Texas, was a Redskins fan and didn’t follow the Cowboys.
GQ: More important, you were a Redskins fan growing up in Texas? What the hell was that about?
MM: Two things. First: 4 years old, watching Westerns, I always rooted for the Indians. Second, my favorite food was hamburgers. The Redskins had a linebacker named Chris Hanburger.
A tale as old as time, hamburgers and indians.
Turn this bad press on its heads Matt! Everyone was freaking out about how you didn’t think the Redskins needed a name change? Talk about gun control, trade one hot button issue for another. He rooted for indians when he watched westerns, he has native american friends who have much more important things to worry about than a fucking football franchise.. and if we’re being honest, what was the point of this movement, really? It was to shame an organization and hurt them financially. Which is exactly what happened. So, name change or not.. Mission accomplished.
And McConaughey coming in hot with his stance on firearms.. you’d think because he’s such a southern boy, he’d be on the other side of it.. but this quote says it all “It’s like my feeling about gun control: “I get it. You have the right to have guns. But look, let’s forget that right. Let’s forget the pleasure you get safely on your range, because it’s in the wrong hands in other places.”
Seriously though.. why weren’t we talking about this Redskins issue decades ago? Fuck it, one year ago? This is a perfect example of how an entire country can jump on a bandwagon all at once. I, for one, am on the fence about this name change movement.. I don’t know which way it should go.. I’m leaning towards the “leave it alone” side. Here’s a great solution, which has already been put into place: Change the logo. If it’s this
Just like how the Indians changed their logo, and the Braves.. This should do.