Matthew McConaughey is a good-ol’ Texas boy, but deep down, he is a Washington Redskins fan. And although there is plenty of controversy surrounding the team right now, McConaughey hopes things stay just as they have been for decades.
McConaughey opened up to GQ for their November issue, explaining how he became a fan of the Washington, D.C. team — and the reason is what you might expect from a 4-year-old football fan.
“Two things. First: 4 years old, watching Westerns, I always rooted for the Indians,” he said, according to USA Today. “Second, my favorite food was hamburgers. The Redskins had a linebacker named Chris Hanburger.
“When you’re 4 years old, that’s all it takes.”
The Washington Redskins have been defending their name and logo for at least a few years now, with many people calling it racist. President Obama even spoke up on the issue, telling the Associated Press, “If I were the owner of the team and I knew that there was a name of my team — even if it had a storied history — that was offending a sizeable group of people, I’d think about changing it.”
Federal Communications Commission chairman, Tom Wheeler, also commented, saying the name is “offensive and derogatory.”
But Lincoln’s new spokesperson doesn’t seem to understand why this is suddenly an issue.
“Man, it’s twofold. What interests me is how quickly it got pushed into the social consciousness,” McConaughey explained. “We were all fine with it since the 1930s, and all of a sudden we go, ‘No, gotta change it’? It seems like when the first levee breaks, everybody gets on board.”
He continued, “I know a lot of Native Americans don’t have a problem with it, but they’re not going to say, ‘No, we really want the name.’ That’s not how they’re going to use their pulpit. It’s like my feeling about gun control: ‘I get it. You have the right to have guns. But look, let’s forget that right. Let’s forget the pleasure you get safely on your range, because it’s in the wrong hands in other places.'”