Matthew McConaughey Lectures Hollywood on Trump, and Breitbart Pounces
By CHRISTOPHER D. SHEAFEB. 2, 2017
Amid the din of celebrities speaking out against President Trump, add one conciliatory voice: That of Matthew McConaughey, who said in a televised BBC interview that Hollywood should “embrace” Mr. Trump’s election and work with him.
The interview, broadcast on Sunday, might have quietly faded into the forgotten quarters of the internet. But Breitbart News, the right-wing news network, picked it up Wednesday night, packaging the video clip with an article headlined “Matthew McConaughey to Hollywood: ‘Embrace’ Donald Trump.”
The interview, on the BBC’s “The Andrew Marr Show,” was later covered by outlets including Vulture, Entertainment Weekly and the British newspaperThe Independent. Overnight, searches for Mr. McConaughey and Mr. Trump rose on Google.
The Breitbart site reports and aggregates politics and entertainment news,often injecting a conservative viewpoint, and it embraced Mr. Trump during the presidential campaign. The network was formerly run by Stephen K. Bannon, who is now Mr. Trump’s chief political strategist.
In response to a question from Mr. Marr about whether it was time for America’s cultural elite to give Mr. Trump “a break,” Mr. McConaughey said, “It’s a very dynamic and as divisive of an inauguration and time that we’ve ever had.”
“At the same time,” he added, “it’s time for us to embrace, shake hands with this fact and be constructive with him over the next four years.”
Mr. McConaughey had appeared on the program to promote his role in a new movie, “Gold.”
Online, mentions of Mr. McConaughey increased rapidly early Thursday. They came in swift and conflicting.
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