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Matthew McConaughey Defends the Fanny Pack, May Singlehandedly Bring It Back

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If we were to ask for your top Hollywood candidates to bring back the much-maligned fanny pack, we’d bet that Matthew McConaughey wouldn’t be near the top of the list. After all, the star has been the unofficial arbiter of all things cool since his Dazed and Confused days. But not only did he sport the accessory (approved by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Disney World-going moms everywhere) to cheer on the Houston Astros, he also defended its honor in an interview with CSN Houston.

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When the reporter expresses some disbelief at McConaughey’s waist-wear of choice, he laughs, then says, “I’m not afraid of the fanny pack. Are you going to put the stuff in your pockets? You’ve got to put it on the side to make look it a little not as nerdy. But still, practicality wins out. I’ve got so much gear in here that I don’t want in my pockets.” And to drive the point home, he declares once more, “I’m not afraid of the fanny pack!”

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“How many times are you around somebody and they’re like, ‘I forgot my so-and-so, I’ve got to go back to the car’?” he ponders. “And I’m like, ‘I got mine right here!’ … [Fanny packs] are on the way back. Some decade from now.” [Insert “Time is a flat circle” joke, then watch the whole video here.]

Are you convinced by McConaughey’s defense? Are you running out to buy it? What’s the best fanny pack you’ve ever owned? So many questions to contemplate this morning.

–Alex Apatoff