Matthew McConaughey's father is not even the celebrity. People should be more respectful of celebrity's families who do not ask to be put in the spotlight, especially when it comes to information that could be potentially embarrassing for that person or the family of the celebrity. We need to give them privacy.
Celebrities are just people like ourselves. Our fascination with every little detail of their lives is not healthy. We do not need to know what is going on with them every minute of the day. We also tend to go beyond normalcy when invading their privacy. We did not need to know this about McConaughey's father.
we love celebrities because they are an integral part of culture. They have made it in the worldview we are so entrenched in. By worshipping them (to an extent), we feel as if we are participating in this hugely important cause/belief system. And that makes us feel all warm and fuzzy, and like our life matters (and in turn, death doesn't sting as much).
Celebrities are exciting and they offer us an escape from our own lives. We sometimes want to be celebrities ourselves, or it's just interesting to see what their lives are about. McConaughey has an interesting story, and it's not surprising that people wonder about his personal life and how he got to where he is today.