Matthew McConaughey says America is ‘basically going through puberty’ in a Fourth of July message

Matthew McConaughey
Matthew McConaughey has teased a potential political run. Gary Miller/Getty Images
  • Matthew McConaughey shared a message to Americans on Independence Day across his social media.
  • The country is “basically going through puberty,” the actor said.
  • The video follows months of speculation around McConaughey’s potential bid for Texas governor.
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Matthew McConaughey had a message to share on July Fourth: America is going through puberty.

The 51-year-old actor – and speculated candidate for Texas’ upcoming gubernatorial race – posted a short video on Sunday with the caption “happy 245th birthday America – lets rock” to his Instagram and Twitter accounts.

“We’re basically going through puberty in comparison to other countries’ timelines, and we’re going to go through growing pains,” McConaughey said in the video. “We are going through growing pains.”

McConaughey looks back on the last “head-scratcher” of a year in the video and speaks about his vision for America’s path forward – complete with a large American flag standing behind him.

“We gotta make sure we maintain hope along the way, as we continue to evolve,” he said. “Why? Because it’s who we are. Why? Because the alternative sucks.”

-Matthew McConaughey (@McConaughey) July 4, 2021

“As we celebrate the red, white and blue this weekend, let’s be sure and just reflect just a minute, take a little bit of inventory on where we’ve come from, where we are, and how and where we want to go from here on the way to being the best we can be,” McConaughey continued.

He wrapped up his Independence Day message with a birthday wish for the United States, pointing at the screen: “Let’s rock, America. Happy Birthday. Just keep livin’. I’ll see you there.”

McConaughey has still not confirmed whether or not he will be running for governor of Texas in 2022, but some polls have already illustrated favorability among voters.

The actor said a run for Texas governor was a “true consideration,” which he revealed in an episode of “The Balanced Voice” podcast.

At the end of May, McConaughey alluded again to a potential gubernatorial bid.

“I’m not interested in going and putting a bunch of band-aids on that will be ripped off as soon as I’m out. I’m interested in building something that will last,” McConaughey said in an interview on OZY’s “The Carlos Watson Show.”