Spoilers ahead for Season 3 of Orange Is the New Black!
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, if you’ve watched the third season of Orange Is the New Black, you’re aware that in a particularly cowardly and sleazeball move, Officer John Bennett, played by actor Matt McGorry (who went on to join ShondaLand’s How to Get Away with Murder), left his inmate lover Daya high and dry after getting her pregnant and subsequently proposing.
Depending how you felt about the relationship of the two characters — in which Bennett seemed to be spinning plates to keep Daya from being mad at him for whatever reason, while simultaneously trying to retain prison authority and not get caught himself — this may have come as something of a relief.
But some fans were pissed. Really pissed. So pissed that when McGorry posted a seemingly innocent Instagram photo of himself and Grey’s Anatomy star Sarah Drew at the Monte Carlo TV Festival last week, outraged fans seemed to blur the lines of reality and lost their damn minds.
Here are just a few of the frothing, insane gems:
CHEATER!!! I AM DISGUSTED!!!!
Ok hanging out with other women while daya rots in jail ok ok
Dayanara is in jail and your baby is probably going to foster care but here you are with another woman.. smh
YOURE HANGING OUT WITH OTHER WOMEN ALREADY AFTER LEAVING YOUR BABYMOMMA IN PRISON WITH THE BABY
WHAT IS WRONG WITH YOU
Look who found a new girl did u tell her u were a father of a prisoner at litchfeild?
I hate this dead beat ass dad I can’t believe he already replaced daya smh not happy Father’s Day to you piece of shit!
It goes on like that for quite a bit. Regardless if the women commenting were really serious or just joking… which I’d like to hope at least some of them were, it’s still unsettling to say the least. In response, McGorry posted this follow up with his former onscreen lover and her mother for Father’s Day, in which he goes into considerable detail about the differences between TV and real life, for those who might be a bit reality-challenged. It’s pretty great.
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Happy Fathers Day to all the real fathers out there! I am an actor and I play the fictional character John Bennett on the fictional television show entitled Orange Is The New Black. Here I am with actresses Dascha Polanco and Elizabeth Rodriguez who play make-believe mother-daughter characters named Dayanara and Aleida Diaz on the made up television program with me. They are not mother and Daugther in real life even though they and we play pretend characters that are sometimes even the opposite of who we are as real live people while not reflecting our real lives because it is not real. Moments before this photograph was taken I was even saying words that were written by another person, all the while pretending that my name was John Bennett and that his thoughts and actions were a result of my own brain! Weirdly, the words coming out of my mouth and the things I did in the story were not created by me at all! To make matters even more confusing, I am even dressed in fictional character John Bennett's costume (a costume is like fictional clothes) in this photograph that was taken on the television set and afterwards I went home to my apartment in New York City where I don't have a child because I'm not a father and have never worked in a prison and TV is not real life. #oitnb
Well, hopefully that clears things up for now. Until McGorry gets an actual girlfriend, of course, it was nice knowing you, dude.