"The simple truth is that you're ignoring the broad context of how women are systemically treated."
That's how "Orange Is The New Black" actor Matt McGorry began his Twitter lecture for Piers Morgan after the media personality publicly asked if recent remarks by Ellen DeGeneres could be interpreted as sexist.
On Jan. 6 at the People's Choice Awards, Ellen DeGeneres took home the awards for Favorite Daytime TV Host and Favorite Humanitarian. During her acceptance speech, the comedian joked that she wanted to make the audience "happy," so she brought along a photo of Chris Hemsworth shirtless that appeared on the screens on stage. The bit prompted media personality Piers Morgan to write a column for the Daily Mail asking whether DeGeneres was "a sexist pig" for her actions.
Though the article starts out with some bold accusations against DeGeneres, Morgan later clarifies he was "joking" and that he wasn't "remotely offended" by DeGeneres. Instead, Morgan says he meant to highlight a double standard by likening DeGeneres' actions to those of cricket player Chris Gayle, who recently made headlines for flirting with a reporter and asking her out on air. And McGorry, prolific social media feminist he is, was not having it.
The "How To Get Away With Murder" star responded to Morgan's column in a series of tweets, breaking down the weaknesses in his argument. By noting the "harsher beauty standards" and discrimination women face, McGorry perfectly explained why it's unfair to compare DeGeneres to Gayle.
"The simple truth is that you're ignoring the broad context of how women are systematically treated," McGorry told Morgan in a tweet.
Morgan thanked McGorry for his "blizzard of tweets" and added, "No real idea what you're on about but glad you read the column." McGorry's response? An offer to make his argument "easier" for Morgan to understand.
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