Saturday, June 11, 2022

Convenient Omission

This is a bizarre analogy, given that the purpose of airplanes, unlike firearms, is not to kill or injure.  Meanwhile, Breitbart doesn't draw the correct lesson from its observation, instead attempting to discredit McConaughey, who had pled emotionally and effectively for reasonable gun safety measures.

In the article pertaining to the tweet, Breitbart's Alana Mastrangelo criticized the content of the actor's speech.  And in an analogy rivaling Lynda Carter's for speciousness, Mastrangelo wrote "Others pointed out that while McConaughey claims to be against dead children, the actor opposed pro-life legislation in Texas — like so many other celebrities clamoring for the right of women to kill their unborn children."

McConaughey is right about gun safety and Texas' bid to end reproductive freedom.  However, Breitbart's tweet is not without merit.

The USA long has had a gun culture, which the nation has reveled in, and which has harmed us immensely. Hollywood is a huge part of that, and Matthew McConaughey evidently has profited handsomely by promoting it.


Presumably, he has not intended to promote it.  But an actor cannot with integrity travel to Washington, D.C. and deliver an impassioned speech about the horror of gun violence while ignoring his own involvement with firearms in movies.  "Uvalde is where I learned responsible gun ownership," McConaughey stated. Yet, he was unwilling to acknowledge his influence, as a star who has mowed down bad guys, on impressionable young males.

We can be thankful that Matthew McConaughey has joined the ranks of gun safety advocates. We should not be thankful that he is a hypocrite.

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