Matthew McConaughey the ultimate blasphemer?

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Matthew McConaughey the ultimate blasphemer?

You may be familiar with the show True Detective on HBO, in which stars Woody Harrelson and Matthew McConaughey.  Which follows the two men on a case in the deep Bible Belt of Louisiana.  Now you may be wondering what does this have to do with anything on this blog and you may be partially correct. But before I get into the show I want to highlight something else.

We all know Matthew McConaughey made news recently from the Oscars, in which he made this speech:


Now why does this speech matter at all, we know that most actors thank God before people who actually made the award happen but it is the fact that he won the award playing a character that had AIDS.  Something that in his way of thinking, his God created and has no desire to eliminate.  The rest of the speech goes on

“First off I want to thank God, because that’s who I look up to. He’s graced my life with opportunities that I know are not of my hand or any other human hand,” the 44-year-old Texas native said. “He has shown me that it’s a scientific fact that gratitude reciprocates. In the words of the late (British actor) Charlie Laughton, who said, ‘When you got God you got a friend and that friend is you.’”

McConaughey then went on to show his appreciation for his wife, children, mother and late father.

After you remove your hand from your face after that facepalm, let’s look at this.  Scientific fact? Really?  Obviously he doesn’t understand how something becomes a scientific fact, usually it is peer reviewed, tested and tested again, but no this actor has it all figured out. But again like I have said countless times before and why these ceremonies always bother me, he thanks God before anyone or anything else.  You know the people who really worked their ass off to make this happen.  I have always seen this as a slap in the face to those that put in the hard work and for someone to put it on all God, but hey that is just me. A realist, or as most like to call me an asshole.  Whatever, I am good with it.

So with that said, I saw the whole Oscar scene unfold before I even knew about the show “True Detective”.  Well like I said it is set in podunk bible belt Louisiana and it is a very dark show.  But also very entertaining and I must admit it has more to do with Matthew’s character more than anything.  If you haven’t seen the show, here is a great clip of the context of the show and why I can honestly respect the character.

Like I said before, I watched the Oscar scene long before I had seen the show, but as I watched the show I was completely dumbfounded by the character that Matthew was playing. The first thought that popped up in my head was how the hell could he portray this character? Technically isn’t this blasphemy on a whole new level? To think about it he is getting paid to be an atheist and he was perfectly okay with that. But wait I forgot he believes in God, so all is forgiven right?

What are your thoughts on this? I am curious to hear what you have to say or add to my opinion. If you haven’t definitely check out ‘True Detective’ besides the slams to religion it really is a good show. Thanks for reading and hope you enjoyed.

2 Comments so far:

  1. Joaquin D. Closet says:

    Dave, first off, I consider myself the ultimate blasphemer. For me, it started when I started asking questions in Sunday School in the 4th or 5 grade. The Sunday School teacher – the wife of the pastor – complained to the latter and I was literally dragged out of the church by my ear and put to the curb. Were my parents called to pick me up? No. I walked the 4 miles or so back home in the rain.

    Well, that was the sad part. But the happy part is that, first as a military officer back in the 1970′s, followed by a manufacturing exec for 35 years and now as a stand-up comic, I have been able to effectively skewer religiots like shooting fish in a barrel. I don’t get angry anymore when I see or hear someone of public stature or celebrity push the god angle. It gives me more material.

    More importantly, being atheist for 50+ years – many of it in the public eye – isn’t as hard as perhaps what gays go thru, but it has sure made me stronger. It has honed my ever-evolving polymath skills, my debating/argument mongering, as well as made extremely popular in the Christian community (lol).
    Keep up the great work and I look forward to reading and hearing more.

  2. GammaAtheist GammaAtheist says:

    Thank you so much for reading and really appreciate you sharing your story!!

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