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‘Orange Is the New Black’ star responds to fans who think he’s a bad dad

'TV is not real life.'


Audra Schroeder


Published Jun 21, 2015   Updated May 28, 2021, 12:53 pm CDT

This article contains spoilers for Orange Is the New Black. 

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Season 3 of Orange Is the New Black finds correctional officer John Bennett (Matt McGorry) trying to sketch out his future and that of his baby with inmate Dayanara. Bennett just wants to do the right thing, but he faces several obstacles. 

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Some fans criticized Bennett’s behavior this season, namely the fact that he left the prison without saying anything to the pregnant Daya, right after proposing to her. Fans are apparently unaware that he’s playing a fictional character, and this photo only fanned the fictional flames. 

On Sunday, he posted a photo to Instagram in an attempt to make the line between fiction and reality a little clearer. 

“To make matters even more confusing,” he wrote, “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.”

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Judging from some of the comments on that post, it seems a few people still don’t get it, but hey, he tried, much like his fictional character, John Bennett. 

And let us never forget the real highlight of season 3: 

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*First Published: Jun 21, 2015, 5:26 pm CDT