Matthew McConaughey's Very Matthew McConaughey Take On The Washington Football Team Name Controversy
In the latest issue of GQ, Matthew McConaughey breaks down his resurgent career in an effort to promote his latest film, Insterstellar, which comes out on November 5th. But who cares about near-future wormhole travel when there's an Earthbound NFL controversy he can weigh in on in the present time?
The longtime Washington fan has some predictably weird views on the franchise's moniker, which has since lost its trademark status, been poorly defended by owner Daniel Snyder, roasted on South Park, and gotten The Daily Show in a bit of trouble.
[GQ] More important, you were a Redskins fan growing up in Texas? What the hell was that about?
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.
That's all it took?
When you're 4 years old, that's all it takes. I got a Redskins hat in my bag right now.
What do you think about the calls for the team to change its name?
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."
But as a fan, it would hurt you a little to see the logo gone?
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.
Does anyone else understand the gun control connection he just made? If so, please enlighten us.
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