Going against the grain of popular culture, Hollywood star Matthew McConaughey heaped praise on the United States in a video posted Sunday, acknowledging that, while the country is, as he described it, “basically going through puberty,” she’s still worth celebrating.
The Oscar-winning celebrity — sitting in front of an American flag — pointed out the U.S. is still a very young country, growing increasingly better as the days go by.
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“We’re constantly in motion,” he said during his Independence Day speech. “We’re on the way, trying to get wiser, trying to get braver, trying to dream more, trying to do more, trying to be more fair, take the right kind of responsibilities, to gain the right kind of freedoms, and we gotta keep realizing that we’re a place where our individual pursuits and desires need to be appreciative and supportive of our collective responsibilities as Americans, hence the United Sates of America.”
“We’re each unique,” the actor continued. “We’re each independent. We each have innate abilities that others don’t have, as people and as states. But, at the same time, we are all in this together, and, if you don’t purchase that, move on. Go somewhere else.”
McConaughey described the last year as “another head-scratcher” but suggested it just comes with the territory, because “we’re going to go through growing pains” as a relatively young nation.
“This is just the reality,” he said, “and this is good, because we got to keep learning, we got to keep maturing, we gotta keep striving, we gotta keep climbing, we gotta keep building. And we gotta make sure we maintain hope along the way, as we continue to evolve.”
As Americans across the country celebrated Independence Day after a tumultuous year going through the coronavirus pandemic, the 51-year-old entertainer encouraged people to celebrate and take a few minutes to “reflect.”
“Take a little bit of inventory on where we’ve come from, where we are, and how and where we want to go from here on the way to being the best we can be,” McConaughey said. “Now what if that was a song, and each of us just said, ‘I can’t not sing that song?’ I want to be a little bit better. You want to be a little bit better. Let’s be on the way to being the best we can be. Let’s make that a song we can’t not sing. Why? Because it’s who we are. It’s who we gotta be.”
“Let’s rock, America,” he concluded. “Happy birthday. Just keep livin’. I’ll see you there.”
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