Matthew McConaughey: Social Distancing and Masks Are COVID-19 Band-Aids Until Science Catches Up
When addressing the politicization of the coronavirus pandemic on ‘Special Report with Bret Baier’, the ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ star reminds Americans that this is the time they need to be united.
AceShowbiz –Matthew McConaughey is using his voice to remind Americans that the coronavirus pandemic is not about politics. The actor portraying Ron Woodroof in “Dallas Buyers Club” made a special appearance in the Tuesday, May 12 episode of “Special Report with Bret Baier“, and urged other to think about social distancing and mask usage as band-aids.
Weighing in on the division caused by the fight to stop the virus, the 50-year-old first acknowledged, “I could feel that this united purpose we all have as Americans to beat this enemy and this virus, that purpose got hijacked by partisan politics.” He added, “The narrative became, if you want to go to work, you’re on the far right. If you don’t go to work, you want to stay home, you’re on the far left.”
“And now even the mask wearing is getting politicized, where if you want to wear a mask, you wear a mask, you’re a liberal. And if you don’t, you’re conservative. And that’s just not true,” the husband of Camila Alves continued. He then pointed out how it created false divide that made the country fighting two wars, against the virus and against each other.
Advising others to see the safety guidelines in a different light, he said, “I think they’re Band-Aids to hold off until science catches up, until there’s not two patients for every one bed like there was in New York, until we see that an asymptomatic person doesn’t give it to someone who didn’t have it. So we can protect the elderly, especially and the younger ones. This is unchartered waters. There’s not a playbook.”
During the chat, McConaughey also talked about the latest PSA he co-produced with Roy Spence that reminds Americans COVID-19 is not a political issue. “Part of it is saying just that, to remind us that this is not about politics. It’s about us, the USA,” he explained. “We’re gonna take care of each other. Right now we have a collective purpose.”
“Look at who we are in World War II. And we have a crisis that came to us. We were united in that purpose. And all of a sudden the human factor started to get split and two tribes started fighting each other in partisan politics,” he elaborated. “And that is not what we need. We need a collection right now. This is a tug of war at the virus. We need all hands on the rope.”
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