Matthew McConaughey celebrated the Fourth of July a little differently this year as America is celebrating its 244th birthday as a country.
The 50-year-old actor shared a video message with his social media followers on Saturday (July 4) to discuss the current state of the world, coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic, and the United States as a whole.
What Matthew McConaughey Had to Say
“Happy 244th birthday, America,” he began. “We are going through some growing pains with this one, aren’t we?”
“Yes sir yes ma’am it is hotter in more ways than one. But growing pains are a good thing because how the hell else are we going to grow up?” he said.
“I think we got to look each other in the eye, I think we got to look ourselves in the eye,” he continued. “We need to look in the mirror and ask ourselves ‘How can I be better? How can I expect more of myself from 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 [sic]? How can I make sure to wear the d–n mask?'”
“We individually make these changes, that is how we make a collective change,” McConaughey explained. “That is how we get to next year’s birthday and birthdays beyond that and we start partying again. Looking around and saying ‘Oh yeah, we always got work to do, we never arrive, but we improved.'”
Finally, he explained that it is time to step up and make the changes that we want to see in the world. “That’s our chance, that’s our opportunity,” he emphasized. “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, just keep living,” he concluded.