Let’s get to the bottom of the Matt McGorry Problem™.
So, there’s a phenomenon that’s been happening lately where socially conscious guys are getting a lot of praise for being feminists — which isn’t necessarily a bad thing!
Matt McGorry, an actor in shows like Orange Is the New Black and How to Get Away With Murder, might be the best example right now.
Do highly praised, outspoken celebrity male feminists take the spotlight away from the very people they’re trying to help?
And is Matt McGorry important because he's saying feminist stuff or is it just that he's a celebrity who's taking advantage of a social movement to try to « earn a cookie »?
Caring about equality = good.
Being cloying about it and expecting praise for it = bad.
It's a fine line! But in the last few months, something about the way McGorry has acted on social media has made some people feel like he's crossed the line from « good » to « really annoying ». We wanted to figure out exactly why and how that change in public opinion happened, and what it means.
BuzzFeed’s podcast Internet Explorer decided to have our co-host Ryan Broderick, who unlike Matt McGorry is not famous or important, try acting like Matt McGorry on social media for a day.
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