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'A short-term inconvenience for long-term freedom:' Matthew McConaughey talks masking, running for Texas governor

Matthew McConaughey spoke about masking and whether he might run for Texas governor in two recent interviews. (Shutterstock)

Minister of Culture Matthew McConaughey said that face masks are a "short-term inconvenience for long-term freedom" in an interview on an upcoming episode of "The Carlos Watson Show."


"I'm not believing you're really scared of this little cotton thing," McConaughey said. "Let's all take one for the team here."

McConaughey's rare take on the political divide during the pandemic comes as the actor continues to tease the possibility of running for Texas governor.

During a Friday appearance on The Ellen DeGeneres ShowThe Ellen DeGeneres Show, McConaughey said he's doing some "under the hood, 360 work inside of me and measuring what my next step should be."

"I think I've got some gifts as a leader, I've got some gifts as a learner, and a listener, and a teacher," McConaughey said. "What's my category, though? Where am I most useful?"

McConaughey expounded on the topic more during his Carlos Watson Show interview, when he said long-term results are more important than "putting a bunch of Band-Aids on that are gonna be ripped off as soon as I'm out (of office)."

McConaughey remained coy about whether politics is the right arena for him. "We try to teach our kids delayed gratification, but we don't like to think about further than tomorrow — we need immediate results," McConaughey said. "I'm interested in building something that can last, and I'm measuring what category that is. I don't know if that's politics."

McConaughey has addressed running for governor before—several times, actually—but the jack-of-all-trades has never committed to his latest public venture. His dabbles in sports (see Austin FC ownership), movies and philanthropy have made him a Texas icon through the years, and a recent poll conducted by the Dallas Morning News and the University of Texas at Tyler found that McConaughey would beat Abbott 45% to 33%.

Still, many argue that McConaughey would not be "alright, alright, alright" in the governor's office, citing his lack of experience and unclear political leanings.

His latest comments on masking are among the most political he's made in recent months, however, and could put him on track to win more votes come November 2022.

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Tito's releases (not so?) ugly sweater line for the holidays, profits to charity

Tito's Handmade Vodka

Show your love for Tito's and for the community this year with a wide selection of not that ugly, uglyish, ugly, uglier, and ugliest holiday sweaters.

There's lots choose from, and plenty of accessories like scarves and socks, plus gear for your dog, too.

All of the items can be purchased online or at the Love, Tito’s Retail Store in Austin, TX. 100% of all net proceeds from online or in-store purchases go to one of the nonprofits we’ve teamed up with.

Click here to see the entire collection in the Tito's store.

Mac and Cheese Fest and Free Art Exhibit
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🗓 All weekend

🎨 Creek Show Art Exhibit

Check out this highly anticipated art exhibition with illuminated art along Waller Creek. Tickets are free and the event includes food vendors, dazzling lights, live music, and hands-on activities

All weekend 6 p.m - 10 p.m | 📍Waterloo Park

✨ Mozart's Light Show

This iconic holiday tradition lights up for the first time this holiday season starting this weekend! Reserve your spot for an enchanting light and sound performance, delicious hot cocoa, sweet treats, and some overall fun with your friends or family. The show runs till January 6th.

6 p.m and 9 p.m | 📍Mozart's Coffee Roasters - 3825 Lake Austin Blvd, Austin, TX 78703

🗓 Saturday

🥊 Kickboxing in the Park

This fitness event is free and open to the public. Get your morning started right with a "Fitness in the park" class for kickboxing! The class will be led by certified instructors and is a great way to get a cardio workout in while also honing your self-defense skills.

10 a.m - 11 a.m | 📍 Metz Park

🛍 The Front Market

Support local LBGTQ+ and female artists at this outdoor market with over 150 vendors. Get your holiday shopping out of the way at this event, with vendors for food trucks, handmade goods, raffles, hands on workshops and activities, and more.

11 a.m - 5 p.m | 📍Ani's Day and Night - 7107 E Riverside Drive, Austin, TX 78741

🗓 Sunday

🧀 Mac and Cheese Fest

Did someone say cheese?! If you're like me and always willing to get your hands on a bowl of mac and cheese, then this event is for you. Check out the Mac and Cheese festival happening this weekend to decide which vendor has. the best mac and cheese for yourself, and enjoy the bar with creative cocktails while you're at it. Tickets start at $45.

11 a.m - 3 p.m | 📍Lantana Place - 7415 Southwest Parkway