Texas Longhorns alum Matthew McConaughey is a sage in many ways.
He’s also begun weighing in on “The Eyes of Texas” controversy, most recently during an interview with The Musers on 96.7 FM, according to the Dallas Morning News.
Here’s what he said: “So much of the country is dealing with this... What is the root of this song? This monument? How far and what should we erase in our history? How far? And then there’s the question I hear some people ask: Well, how far back should we go? ... I don’t have the answer, but we’re in a time where we’re measuring that. And we have to measure how much are we being reactionary right now because it’s a topic that there’s a real platform and real microphone for. But how much do we need to go, hey, what’s the reality here and what’s the real justified, fair thing to do and go forward?”
McConaughey continued, “My first gut is this — my gut instinct on ‘The Eyes of Texas’ at present. And it has been since this issue came up. And this is a play on the word eyes of Texas but I thought about it. Look, in the form of rehabilitation, which is what we’re all trying to figure out here, right? If somebody’s... if my eyes don’t see, if I’m having trouble seeing, you don’t gouge my eyes. You get me glasses. ... I’m saying well let’s not get rid of the eyes, let’s change the way the eyes see. The University of Texas hijacked that song from what its roots were. It has no present meaning or intention of what it did in its origin. Alright? So, while I understand and respect it’s disgraceful because of its origin, I’m like, we’ve rehabilitated that song. We hijacked it. We stole it. It’s like the U2 song that talks about Charles Manson stole that Beatles tune, ‘Helter Skelter.’ Hey, we’re stealing it back. We got it. That’s not what we’re standing for. This is what we mean by it. And it does mean a halo of excellence above us. To go, hey, let’s have something that we have an expectation for who we are as Longhorns here. That’s how I see it. I say don’t change the eyes, just change the way the eyes see. Let’s embrace the change of what the song means and what we’ve turned it into.”
To be expected from the Oscar Award-winning actor.
WHAT THE WISE MEN ARE SAYING ABOUT THE LONGHORNS
Austin American-Statesman: Texas-Oklahoma State notebook: D’Shawn Jamison strikes again on special teams
Austin American-Statesman: Golden: Dominant Joseph Ossai kept Texas’ season afloat (with help, though)
Austin American-Statesman: Five key plays: Texas 41, No. 6 Oklahoma State 34 (OT)
Austin American-Statesman: Texas report card: Win over Oklahoma State a chance for defense to up its season averages
Austin American-Statesman: Shut out by Oklahoma State for four quarters, Joshua Moore reemerges at Texas’ top target in overtime
Austin American-Statesman: With Texas, everything about these Longhorns is a debate, each week a new referendum
Austin American-Statesman: Longhorn Confidential: The best play from Sam Ehlinger’s time at Texas?
Dallas Morning News: Texas quotable: Herman calls Ehlinger’s late TD pass vs. Oklahoma State ‘the best play of his career’
Dallas Morning News: National reaction to Texas’ win over OSU: Longhorns seem ‘contractually obligated’ to play close games
Dallas Morning News: 5 takeaways from Texas’ win over No. 6 Oklahoma State: Longhorns find defensive identity in statement victory
Dallas Morning News: Texas alum Matthew McConaughey: I say don’t change ‘The Eyes of Texas’, just change the way the eyes see
247Sports: The Stampede: Where is Texas as a program?
247Sports: A history lesson from 10 years ago that applies to Texas, Herman
247Sports: Morning Brew: Injury updates on Ingram, Whittington, Ehlinger
247Sports: West Virginia game offers Tom Herman chance to change narrative
247Sports: Week 9 overreactions: Tom Herman’s seat is still hot
ICYMI IN BURNT ORANGE NATION
Burnt Orange Nation: 2022 No. 1 QB Quinn Ewers decommits from Texas
Burnt Orange Nation: 2022 4-star TE Donovan Green releases Top 6 schools
Burnt Orange Nation: 2022 4-star WR Phaizon Wilson decommits from Texas
Burnt Orange Nation: 5-star PF Daimion Collins commits to Kentucky over Texas, Oklahoma, others
Burnt Orange Nation: Texas offers 2022 QB Cade Klubnik
Burnt Orange Nation: Texas offers 2022 LB Trevell Johnson
Austin American-Statesman: The Dotted Line: Westlake quarterback Cade Kubnik was waiting on Texas offer
247Sports: Texas offer is ‘big time’ for 2022 quarterback Cade Klubnik
Crimson and Cream Machine: BOOM! 4-star ATH Billy Bowman commits to Oklahoma
BIG 12 BREAKDOWN
Austin American-Statesman: Bohls: Clemson slips to No. 3; Big 12 drops big-time
Dallas Morning News: With no undefeated teams, Big 12 College Football Playoff hopes decline while regular season intrigue grows
Cowboys Ride For Free: No. 6 Oklahoma State gets upset by Texas, 41-34 in overtime
The Smoking Musket: What I think after deominating Kansas State
Bring On the Cats: Kansas State abandoned its identity against West Virginia and it cost them
Rock Chalk Talk: A (semi) statistical recap of Iowa State
Our Daily Bears: Yet another comeback falls short; Baylor falls to TCU 33-23
Viva the Matadors: Armchair quarterback: the Oklahoma bloodbath
Frogs O’ War: What we knew, what we learned from TCU’s 33-23 win over Baylor
Frogs O’ War: MMQB: Almost spooky
WHAT WE’RE READING
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NEWS ACROSS THE LONGHORN REPUBLIC AND BEYOND
- The Oklahoma Sooners landed four-star 2021 wide receiver/athlete Billy Bowman out of Denton Ryan High School, despite Texas’ avid recruitment of the former commit.
- The exodus among future Longhorns also continued when 2021 St. Thomas More wide receiver Jack Bech, a three-star recruit, committed to the LSU Tigers earlier today.