Matthew McConaughey Doesn't Want the Washington Redskins Name to Change
The actor also explains why he's such a fan of the team
Matthew McConaughey may be from Texas, but in a recent interview with GQ, he talked about his love for the Washington Redskins. While expressing how big of a fan he was, McConaughey also weighed in on the controversy surrounding the team's name.
"What interests me is how quickly it got pushed into the social consciousness," said McConaughey. "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."
He continued, "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.'"
When asked whether it would hurt him to see the logo change, he replied, "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."
The actor talked about how he became a fan of the team in the first place, linking it back to Western movies and hamburgers. "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."
"When you're 4 years old, that's all it takes," adds McConaughey.