Austin actor Matthew McConaughey made waves this week after video was released of a BBC One interview he did over the weekend. The video has since been deleted, but in the segment, interviewer Andrew Marr asked the “Gold” star whether it’s time “Hollywood and the cultural elite of America” gave Trump a break.
McConaughey’s answer? “He’s our president. It’s very dynamic and divisive of an inauguration in time that we’ve ever had. At the same time, it’s time for us to embrace.”
The actor known for his “just keep livin'” ethos went on to say, “Shake hands with this fact, and be constructive with him over the next four years. So even those that most strongly disagree with his principals or things he’s said or done, which is another thing, we’ll see what he does compared to what he had said. No matter how much you even disagreed along the way, it’s time to think about how constructive can you be. Because he’s our president for the next four years, at least. President of the United States.”
Fan reaction on social media to the statement was mixed. Some argued that McConaughey was “as dense as the characters who made him famous,” while many social media users remarked that they were glad a celebrity wasn’t advocating for a complete overthrow of the government (like Madonna and Sarah Silverman have done in recent weeks).
And yes, everyone made the same “This is not alright, alright, alright” joke, but one Redditor went for this (now obvious in hindsight) joke instead: “He’s alt-right, alt-right, alt-right…”
Here’s the best of the rest in McConaughey reaction online:
The Orthodox Union and the Rabbinical Council of America are responsible for the word atop Merriam-Webster Dictionary’s “Trend Watch” tool Monday. The tool tracks popular word lookups on Merriam-Webster’s website and publishes the results in order to provide context about what those words mean.
What was that highest trending word on Monday? That would be “anathema,” a noun which here means “someone or something intensely disliked or loathed.” It was trending because The Orthodox Union and the Rabbinical Council of America, two of the largest associations of American Orthodox rabbis and synagogues in the country, released a joint statement condemning President Trump’s executive order to close America’s border to refugees and people from predominantly Muslim countries.
“The Orthodox Union, the largest association for American Orthodox synagogues, acknowledged the complexities of fighting terror, but said ‘discrimination against any group based solely upon religion is wrong and anathema to the great traditions of religious and personal freedoms upon which this country was founded,'” the AP report reads.
According to Merriam-Webster, “anathema” has been in use in English since the early 16th century, when it was adopted from Latin and Greek. In Greek, it used to mean “anything devoted,” but shifted to mean “anything devoted to evil,” specifically in reference to an excommunication or the person who had been excommunicated. By the 17th century, it began to be used in the way it is used today (especially by the Catholic Church), indicating strong negative feelings to a thing, person, or concept, which may be related to religion, or maybe not.
The two Jewish groups were not the only religious groups that condemned the ban, according to the AP. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops said it “strongly disagreed” with the sanctions, and the Conservative and Reform movements of Judaism, Church World Service and more than 2,000 other faith leaders voiced their concern over the ban.
This wasn’t the first time the dictionary has weighed in on matters of national politics. Just last week(!) Merriam-Webster tweeted its definition of a fact at Trump counselor Kellyanne Conway after she claimed that White House press secretary Sean Spicer was simply using “alternative facts” to describe the size of Trump’s inauguration crowd.
President Donald Trump announced his method Thursday for paying for that border wall he commissioned Wednesday: a 20 percent tax on all goods imported from Mexico.
White House Press Secretary Sean Spicer said the plan would generate $10 billion a year and “easily pay for the wall,” according to the Associated Press.
Later, Spicer said the 20 percent tariff was just one of several options available to the administration to pay for the wall.
The announcement set off a firestorm on Twitter. Users were quick to point out the many things imported from Mexico that would balloon in price if the tax is approved by Congress, like cars and car parts ($24 billion worth, according to CNN Money), telephones ($11.9 billion), refrigerators ($4.1 billion), tomatoes ($1.8 billion) and beer like Corona, Modelo and Dos Equis ($2.8 billion).
Most news stories about restaurant receipts that go viral usually go viral for reasons of outrage. You’ve seen them before: Stories where the server is accused of harboring racist tendencies, or stories where patrons didn’t tip a waitress because of her skin color.
However, one recent receipt story from inauguration weekend has a more uplifting end.
Jason White, a Donald Trump supporter from Lubbock, left a hefty tip on top of his $72.60 bill Monday morning when he and some friends stopped in at Washington, D.C., cultural hub Busboys and Poets. A $450 tip.
The 37-year-old White told the Washington Post he figured he and his friends stuck out among other patrons when he saw all of the social justice-themed artwork on the walls of the restaurant, which also doubles as a bookstore and events space. He put his red “Make America Great Again” cap away before he placed his order.
White’s waitress, 25-year-old Rosalynd Harris, said she came to work that day still feeling energized from the Women’s March that weekend. While she admits she did prejudge White, immediately assuming he was in town for the inauguration solely based on his appearance, the exchange between Harris and White and his friends was “jovial and fun.” A dentist, White complimented Harris’ smile.
When it came time for the check, White tacked on a $450 tip, meant as a nod to Donald Trump, America’s 45th president. He also left a note:
“We may come from different cultures and may disagree on certain issues, but if everyone would share their smile and kindness like your beautiful smile, our country will come together as one people. Not race. Not gender. Just American. God Bless!”
Harris (who is black) said she was overwhelmed by White’s (who is white) generosity. A professional dancer, she told the Post she started waitressing about a year-and-a-half ago to help pay bills.
“It’s a huge weight off my shoulders,” she told the Post. “You automatically assume if someone supports Trump that they have ideas about you, but [the customer was] more embracing than even some of my more liberal friends, and there was a real authenticity in our exchange. This definitely reshaped my perspective. Republican, Democrat, liberal are all subcategories to what we are experiencing. It instills a lot of hope.”
As for White, he told the Post that he was so profoundly moved by everything he saw on Inauguration weekend, including the Women’s March, that he wanted to do something to show that Americans have more in common that not.
“We have to think about being better Americans, we have to look into ourselves and how we treat one another,” he told the Post. “If everyone did a little something to show respect…we can love one another. As I sat there I thought about the entire weekend and I thought I don’t know her, she doesn’t know me, but if most Americans have a preconceived perception about people then we’re never going to get better.”
This election cycle is a trying time for many Americans. Caught between “Make America Great Again” and “I’m With Her,” some of us just don’t know where to turn.
Many Americans have pledged to flee to the Great White North if their unfavorable presidential candidate wins, a sentiment heard almost every four years.
But let’s not kid ourselves, Canada’s pretty cool. We’ve got that country to thank for Drake, ice hockey, instant replay, the athletic cup, basketball (James Naismith was Canadian-American) and the paint roller, among other things.
Our polite Canadian friends like us, too. In fact, they think America’s pretty great already.
Living up to their “nice to a fault” stereotype, a group of Canadians has started a social media campaign to encourage Americans this election season.
In a video titled “Tell America It’s Great,” Toronto-based creative agency The Garden Collective rounds up a bunch of Canadians, who earnestly and unironically tell Americans what they love about the U.S.A.
“Hey, guys! We’re just up here in Canada talking about how great you guys are down there, and we thought we’d just send you a little bit of a love note,” one man in the video says to start things off.
Among the things these particular Canadians like about us, according to the video:
We invented the Internet
We’re “going to get humanity to Mars”
When things are tough, we “fight to make them better”
Our musical gifts to the world, like jazz music, bluegrass, R&B and hip-hop
The video was posted to the “Tell America It’s Great” website on Oct. 13. The hashtag #TellAmericaThatItsGreat was started as a twist on Donald Trump’s “Make America Great Again,” The Garden Collective founder Shari Walczak told the “New York Times” Monday. “We look at [the election] through a Canadian lens, but all of us have friends, family and colleagues who live in America. We realized they’re immersed in it day-in and day-out and how awful that must feel.”
After the campaign took off on Twitter, other Canadians chimed in with a few of their favorite American things.
U guys have freaking NASA, a publicly funded agency working to better the whole world. You guys are awesome #tellamericaitsgreat
Recently, The Pokemon Company released a five-minute trailer for its upcoming game “Pokemon Sun and Moon” which showed off a few new creatures — including Gumshoos, a mongoose-like Pokemon that shares an uncanny resemblance to the Republican presidential nominee.
According to Heavy, Twitter users immediately noticed the similarities. It’s also worth mentioning the game takes place in the “Alola” region, giving users the ability to make many jokes involving Trump’s campaign slogan.
“Trumpear” has been said to mean a number of different things. The Times cites one Mexican reporter who suggested on Twitter that the word means “to hit, to vilify, to polarize, to revile, to terrorize as an electoral strategy.”
El verbo trumpear: golpear, vilipendiar, polarizar, denostar, aterrorizar como estrategia electoral.
According to the Dallas Morning News, the die-hard Trump supporter has worn her outfits — complete with a Trumped-out purse — to each of the three campaign rallies she has attended. And at Thursday’s Trump rally in Dallas, she plans to debut her latest outfit.
I represent Mr. Donald J. Trump. I write on his behalf to accept your offer (made during the Jay Leno Show on January 7, 2013) that Mr. Trump prove he is not the “spawn of his mother having sex with an orangutan.”
Attached hereto is a copy of Mr. Trump’s birth certificate, demonstrating that he is the son of Fred Trump, not an orangutan. Please remit the $5 million to Mr. Trump immediately and he will ensure that the money be donated to the following five charities in equal amounts: Hurricane Sandy Victims, The Police Athletic League, The American Cancer Society, The March of Dimes, and The Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.
Scott S. Balber
But as bizarre as that whole incident might have been, it’s pretty normal for Trump. In honor of his turning another year older, let’s take a stroll down billionaire-memory lane.
1989: “Trump has new game” the headlines once read — or at least the ones in Trump’s energetic board game commercial did. Trump: The Game, which was released that year, was the businessman’s own version of Monopoly where it’s “not what you win or lose, it’s whether you win.” Board Game Geek details how it’s played and you can buy it on Amazon.
1992: Most everyone will remember Trump’s performance as himself in “Home Alone 2.” He runs into Kevin McCallister in the Plaza Hotel, which he still owned at the time. Would Kevin have ever found the lobby on his own?
1995: If you’re anything like Trump, then you eat pizza the wrong way and are proud of it. In this Pizza Hut commercial, Trump and his then-wife Ivana approach each other in a rather sultry clip then dig into a box of a pizza — crust first, of course.
2000: Trump and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani once shared an intimate moment. Giuliani dressed up in drag then Trump kissed him on the neck and fake breasts. The grope session was part of a skit for the Inner Circle press dinner.
2001: Trump made his way back to the big screen to take a quick moment and praise the infamous model Derek Zoolander, alongside his current wife Melania Trump.
2005: Have you ever wondered what Trump sounds like when he sings? Well, here he is performing “Green Acres” while dressed as a farmer alongside Megan Mullally at the Emmys.
2007: At Wrestlemania 23, legendary “Stone Cold” Steve Austin from Austin stunned Trump. Never forget.
2007: The same year Trump was getting body slammed, he also partnered with Sharper Image to launch “Trump Steaks.” Though the business endeavor eventually fell flat, his commercial is one for the books.
2008: After four years of starring on “The Apprentice,” Trump created the popular “Celebrity Apprentice.” His catchphrase still haunts us like a reality TV show ghost: “you’re fired!” Here he is firing Kiss’ Gene Simmons.
2015: More recently, Trump hosted an episode of “Saturday Night Live.” Though the evening was full of funky moments to choose from, watch him dance like Drake in this “Hot Line Bling” parody.
After scouring the internet, searching for Trump’s iconic moments in pop culture, I think it’s safe to say Trump has definitely lived.
There’s a dating site for any preference these days. You’ve got Christian Mingle, JDate, FarmersOnly, BlackPeopleMeet. But what happens if you’re a Trump supporter whose political views don’t align with those of your date? What if those views just keep creating a wall that your potential paramours can’t seem to ignore? What if the dates you go on simply aren’t presidential?
Well, we’ve got good news. Now, you too can have your own dating site.
Trump Singles went live in May, built on “making dating great again,” according to the website.
Site founder David Goss told the New York Post that he got the idea for Trump Singles when one of his friends told him how hard it was for her to find a date that didn’t shy away from her support of Donald Trump, the presumptive Republican presidential nominee.
Goss said that Trump supporters feel “a special stigma” when they try to date, and that they are judged too harshly for some of the “brash things [Trump] has said.”
“It makes it hard for them when trying to date,” Goss told the New York Post.
So far, more than 500 users have signed up for the dating site, from places like New York, L.A. and D.C. While that might not be a “yuuuge” number, there’s a steep price to pay for regular users. Signing up is free, but users can only send one message a day unless they pay a $4.95 monthly subscription.
While this may all sound like a joke, Goss said that it’s not— it’s “an actual real dating site that helps people find real love.”