Award-winning actor Matthew McConaughey stated last week that he has personally witnessed Christian friends in Hollywood hold out on expressing their faith publicly for fear of receiving backlash and potentially losing their jobs, according to the Daily Wire.
During a podcast released Thursday with host Joe Rogan, McConaughey recalled fellow actors he has prayed with holding their applause when he thanked God during award speeches.
“I have had—and I won’t throw any people under the bus—but I have had moments where I was on stage receiving an award in front of my peers in Hollywood, and there were people in the crowd that I have prayed with before dinners many times, and when I thanked God, I saw some of those people go to clap, but then notice that, ‘bad thing on my resume’ and then sit back on their hands,” McConaughey said.
“I’ve seen people read the room and go, ‘whoa, that wouldn’t bode well for me in the future,’ if for getting a job or you’re getting votes or what have you,” McConaughey continued. “I have seen that; I’ve witnessed that.…I don’t judge them for it, I just wish, you know—that it seems like a silly argument.”
McConaughey connected the bias against Christian to the “illiberal” left being “condescending and patronizing” to half the population.
“One of the things that…some people in our industry, not all of them, but there’s some that go to the left so far—as our friend Jordan Peterson [says]—that go to the illiberal left side so far that it’s so condescending and patronizing to 50% of the world that need the empathy that the liberals have,” the actor told Rogan.
Dr. Jordan B. Peterson is a professor, a clinical psychologist, and an author who describes himself as classically liberal and has been critical of authoritarianism from the left, the Daily Wire reported.
McConaughey touched on the idea of cancel culture, saying that it is wrong to “illegitimize” someone “because they say they are a believer; it’s just so arrogant and in some ways hypocritical.”
The “True Detective” star says he does not think his career has been adversely affected by being openly Christian, later noting in the podcast that he “slipped through the net” and had developed his career to a point where he was more or less invulnerable to such bias.
Earlier in the podcast, McConaughey proudly told Rogan that he is a “religious” man, outright rejecting the descriptor of “spiritual and not religious” notably associated with Hollywood liberals.
While discussing with Rogan why he is a believer and also happens to believe in science, McConaughey said he saw no contradiction between the two at all.
The actor also emphasized that he objects to throwing out the Bible just because parts of it have been “bastardized” by some people to promote division.
McConaughey has recently come out with a new book entitled “Greenlights”—a memoir about the highs and lows of his life, with the blurb noting that “it’s a love letter. To life. It’s also a guide to catching more green lights—and to realizing that the yellows and reds eventually turn green, too.”