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Matthew McConaughey Wears A Mask In The Middle Of Nowhere
AUSTIN, TX - NOVEMBER 29: Actor Matthew McConaughey watches on the Texas Longhorns sideline in the second half against the Texas Tech Red Raiders at Darrell K Royal-Texas Memorial Stadium on November 29, 2019 in Austin, Texas.
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Actor Matthew McConaughey posted a photo of himself Friday wearing a mask in what appeared to be the middle of nowhere.

“On a bridge, build more,” he captioned a photo of him standing on a natural bridge.

McConaughey posted the photo one day after the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that fully vaccinated people do not generally have to wear a mask. Though the “Interstellar” actor has not indicated if he got the vaccine, he did participate in a vaccination special encouraging people to get it.

In an Instagram video post for July 4th last year, the actor wished America a “Happy Birthday” while encouraging people to continue wearing masks.

“Happy 244th birthday, America,” said McConaughey. “We is going through some growing pains on this one, aren’t we? But growing pains are a good thing, because how the hell else are we going to grow up? I think we gotta look each other in the eye. I think we gotta look ourselves in the eye.”

“We gotta look in the mirror and ask ourselves, ‘How can I be better? How can I expect more of myself and others? How can I be more responsible? How can I have more compassion? How can I have more courage? How can I be more fair? How do I make sure I wear the damn mask?” he continued.

McConaughey said that this “collective change” will only come as a result of individual changes.

“We individually make these changes, that’s how we make a collective change,” he said. “That’s how we get to next year’s birthday and birthdays beyond that.”

“And we start parting again, looking around and saying, ‘Oh, yeah, we always got work to do. We never arrive, but we improved.’ That’s our chance, that’s our opportunity. That’s on me. That’s on you. It’s game time. Ding ding, we are in the ring, America. Let’s quit messing about and get it done,” he concluded.

The actor’s comments echoed what he previously told Fox News in early May of last year about how wearing masks should not be a politically divisive issue.

“I could feel that this united purpose we all have as Americans to beat this enemy and this virus, that purpose got hijacked a bit by partisan politics,” McConaughey said. “The narrative became, if you want to go to work, you’re on the far Right. If you don’t go to work, and 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 a conservative – and that’s just not true,” he added.

In March of this year, McConaughey said that he was “dumbfounded” by Texas GOP Governor Greg Abbott’s decision to remove the state’s mask mandate.

“My reaction to that is, I was a little dumbfounded by the decision,” he told CBS. “I understand ‘go back to work.’ What I did not understand was ‘pull the mask mandate.’”

“It’s not the mask we’re afraid of, c’mon. It’s the word ‘mandate.’ Let’s not let the word ‘mandate’ get in the way of practical use of this little tool called a mask. It’s just a small inconvenience today for more freedom tomorrow,” McConaughey continued.

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