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Matthew McConaughey is begging his fellow Texans to “keep masking up” — and says he is “dumbfounded” by the state’s lifting of its statewide mask mandate.
“I was a little dumbfounded by the decision,” the Oscar-winner told “CBS This Morning.”
“I understand ‘Go back to work,’” he said of Gov. Greg Abbott’s two-week-old decree decriminalizing the refusal to wear a mask.
“What I did not understand was, pull the mask mandate,” he said. “Look, we’re on our way,” he added in the Wednesday interview.
“The mask is just this minor inconvenience,” he said. “And I think I just want to remind not only Texans, but everybody out there, in my opinion,” he continued.
“It’s not the mask we’re afraid of, come on! It’s the word mandate. Alright? So let’s not let the word mandate get in the way of the practical use of this little tool called a mask,” he said with a laugh.
“Hey, it’s just a small inconvenience today for more freedom tomorrow. So now it’s our choice, alright?
“And I ask Texans and people around the world — it’s our choice. If you have the choice, keep masking up. It’s proven to help. We don’t have much longer in this. We’ll get through this. Thank you.”
McConaughey, 51, is mulling a run for governor next year and lives with his wife Camila Alves in Austin, a city that’s openly warring with the state by continuing to require masks inside businesses.
“I’m giving it consideration. I would be a fool not to. It’s a very honorable thing to consider,” he said when asked about running.
He invoked Page Six in declining to comment on Texas Sen. Ted Cruz’s trip to Cancun during last month’s devastating winter storm. “That’s more like Page Six gossip stuff to me,” he quipped.
McConaughey was on CBS to promote a star-studded benefit concert he has organized for Sunday at 7 p.m. Central time on his YouTube channel.
Headlined by Willie Nelson and featuring Kelly Clarkson, Kacey Musgraves, George Strait, Khalid, Post Malone, Miranda Lambert and others — the concert will benefit Texans still dealing with major water damage after the pipe-bursting freezing weather.
“Announcing ‘We’re Texas,” a virtual revival where we can all come together to help Texas recover from the storm,” McConaughey said of the lineup on his Instagram in a post Thursday.
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