Warning: Mild spoilers for Season 3 of "Orange Is the New Black"
Matt McGorry wants "Orange Is the New Black" fans to know he's not a jerk -- he just plays one on TV.
McGorry posted a photo of himself with fellow "OITNB" actors Dascha Polanco (Dayanara Diaz) and Elizabeth Rodriguez (Aleida Diaz) on his Instagram account Sunday, along with an impassioned (and tongue-in-cheek) admonition of viewers who confuse him with his character, prison guard John Bennett.
The 29-year-old actor has been attacked by angry fans on social media since the release of the show's third season, in which Bennett abandons his imprisoned fiancée, Daya, and their unborn child.
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
"Weirdly, the words coming out of my mouth and the things I did in the story were not created by me at all!" he captioned the photo. McGorry, who also stars on ABC's breakout hit "How to Get Away with Murder," continued, "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."
McGorry made headlines earlier this year for his public embrace of feminism. In a total departure from Bennett's cowardice (which, again, has nothing to do with McGorry because he is an actor who acts), the "OITNB" star made a strong stand for his beliefs telling Jezebel, "For lack of a better term, I’m balls-out [for feminism]."