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Matthew McConaughey said GOD?! OMG!

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Susan L.M. Goldberg

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March 3, 2014 - 1:06 pm

Matthew McConaughey thanked God for his Oscar win last night and the conservative crowd went wild.

McConaughey’s speech sparked a feeding frenzy for conservatives to outdo each other when it came to applauding him, while simultaneously taking shots at liberals. Rick Perry tweeted Monday morning, saying, “Texas boy counting his blessing.” His tweet linked to a Breitbart piece titled “Matthew McConaughey Praises God in Acceptance Speech, Hollywood Crowd Grows Quiet.” On Twitchy, Michelle Malkin’s site, the speech ran as “Matthew McConaughey rattles Oscar crowd, wins hearts by thanking God.” Fox News got in the game with the headline, “Matthew McConaughey one of few to thank God in Oscar acceptance speech.” And so on.

As the Daily Beast points out, McConaughey’s God-nod was most likely reassuring to a Christian population that’s been ostracized more than not:

In recent decades, religious figures are often found more often in niche movies, wrote Cieply, or if they are in major pictures, they “are often hypocrites and villains, driving plot lines that make, at best, a token bow toward the virtues of a faith-based life.”

One need look no further than a recent episode of the hit Scandal, in which the evangelical female vice president who murdered her gay husband claims she is not culpable because the devil made her do it.

Fair enough. I’m sure the Son of God giddiness also contributed to the Tweetfest, despite the fact that McConaughey never did specifically go beyond the name “God,” let alone drop “Jesus” during the speech. He did, however, express conviction that Miller Lite is served in heaven, which I’m sure won over the Duck Dynasty crowd.

What most conservative Oscar watchers failed to lavish with praise wasn’t the mere thanking of God, but the praising of Him by singer Darlene Love. The career backup singer celebrated 20 Feet From Stardom’s Best Documentary win by singing the refrain from the hymn His Eye Is on the Sparrow:

I sing because I’m happy,
I sing because I’m free,
For His eye is on the sparrow,
And I know He watches me.

The refreshingly simple, faith-laced, joyful lyrics made up the majority of her acceptance “speech” and were received with a full-house standing ovation led by an incredibly enthusiastic, non-religious Bill Murray. Where’s the barrage of Tweets about that?

McConaughey returned to his pot-smoking, bongo-banging self by the end of his speech, concluding with:

…whatever we look up to, whatever it is we look forward to and whoever it is we’re chasing — to that I say, alright, alright, alright. And then I say, just keep livin’.

It’s a generic statement that illustrates God is “whatever” and “whoever” and, therefore, “alright, alright, alright.” I have yet to read a conservative commentary that points out the many ways this level of ambiguity has eroded our nation’s ability to put faith in the God of our ancestors, let alone have faith in ourselves, both as a free nation and as individuals with free will. But hey, that’s cool; an actor said the G-word on stage and it got captured by social media, which makes it count.

Alright, alright, alright.

Susan L.M. Goldberg is a writer with a Master's in Radio, Television & Film and a PhD in Life who would be happy roaming the fields of Prince Edward Island with Anne of Green Gables, were it not for her strong belief in the axiom "all that is required for evil to prevail is for good women to do nothing." She prefers the career title "Renaissance Woman" and would happily be bar mates with Ann Coulter, Camille Paglia and Dorothy Parker. Her writing tends towards the intersection of culture, politics and faith with the interest in starting, not stopping the discussion. Follow her on Twitter @SLMGoldberg and @winegirlblog.

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Take it where you can get it.

At least he understands that we are not random events without a purpose.
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You will find a great rendition of "His Eye is on the Sparrow" on John Scofield's album "Piety Street", along with other classic gospel tunes. A great musician can praise God without any sense of embarrassment, but these actors are a bunch of uneducated poseurs. So along with bottom feeding journalists, they spend a lot of time checking around for who is on or off the reservation.

PC was made by and for folks like these!
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Mr. McConaughey's speech was a simple "Thank You" to God for the opportunities God has given him in his career. It was nothing more and nothing less. It was not a profound cultural or theological statement. In many ways, it was extremely muddled in its delivery and meaning.

The shocking and saddening part is that so many Christians have grabbed onto the speech and tried to make it into more than was intended. Christians should not seek validation of their beliefs from Hollywood - or any other worldly system for that matter. I am sure that God was not on pins and needles waiting for a "shout out" at the Oscars.
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Bill Murray used to predict the winners based on what matters to Hollywood.
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It's a start.
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"...alright, alright, alright." From Dazed and Confused.
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My guess is there are plenty more like McConaughey in Hollywood,but never get that large of a podium to thank anyone, much less GOD.
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My wife tells me there was some sort of bet or something going regarding how many times MM would say "alright" if he had to make an acceptance speech, and she thought the 3 bunched together at the end of the speech very suspicious. Apparently it's sort of an all-purpose interjection for him, and if you listen to the rest of the speech he didn't say it once, until the end. She thought he was essentially thumbing his nose, good-naturedly, at those who came up with the contest.
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Take it where you can get it.

At least he understands that we are not random events without a purpose.
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