Matthew Morrison at ‘Certainty’ Premiere

Posted on November 29, 2012

For whatever reason, we find ourselves trying to defend Matthew Morrison from the constant cries of “Douche!” that automatically spring up whenever his face appears. We suppose it’s because we never really heard of him doing anything all that douchey and because we think people too often confuse him with his character from Glee, who, yes, is something of a douche. Plus, we think he mostly dresses well without being too showy about it. We’re not fans or anything like that. We have no investment in his career or personal life. We don’t even think he’s all that hot. It shouldn’t really matter to us, but somehow, we always seem to be mildly defending him for some reason.

But we don’t care if it’s Movember or if it’s “for a role,” or any other silly defense for malestar grooming habits…

Matthew Morrison attends the Premiere of ‘Certainty’ in Beverly Hills, California.

No, Matthew Morrison. Just… no. You look like a TOTAL douche.


[Photo Credit: Frazer Harrison/Gettyimages]

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  • Sara__B

    Thanks for the laugh. 

  • A men’s example of “take something off before you leave the house” if I ever saw it.

    • CaseyinNY

      Preferably the mustache. 

      • …and scarf and glasses, and burn that belted jacket, and uncuff yer damn jeans you crazy kid! (Gives noogie and pushes out door)

        I don’t hate him but he is begging for some older sibling-style, sartorial (read: anti-douche) tough love!!!

        • I didn’t even notice the belt until you pointed it out. WTH?

      • That close up is more horrifying than ANY Saw movie.  

      • Mismarker

        The ‘stache AND the study abroad scarf.

      • YoungSally

        It’s so porno Terry Richardson…..or 14 yo boy trying to look cool

  • TheLaurenJean

    Oh God, with a bathrobe belt too? No, no, nononononononononono.

    • 3boysful

       What an awful jacket.

  • I like this…maybe I’m a douche?? I hope not. The mustache, no. No. 

  • mozzer0906

    The pornstache is just a NO on all accounts.

  • He looks like Orlando Bloom’s skeezier older brother. 
    Orlando Bloom gives me similar “SKEEZ!” feels though. 

    • EmyR

      A puppet version of Orlando Bloom’s skeezier older brother. 

    • charlotte

       Or Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s?

    • j_anson

      Perfect comment is perfect.

  • Total douche. Really like the shoes though.

  • SewingSiren

    I like the jacket. And he has a nice smile.

  • formerlyAnon

    I question the jacket (that belt!) or at least its proportions on Mr. Morrison waaaaaay before I even get to the mustache.

    And I freely admit, though I rarely use the d- word, that his Glee character has ruined him for me. I’m going to have to accidentally see him in something else that rinses away the taint before I can be fair.

    • Glammie

      The whole Mr. Schue thing makes me feel weirdly sorry for Morrison.  He seems to be this hardworking, talented actor whose career has been weirdly damaged by playing this badly written character in a hit TV show.  Despite the rumors about his being a crappy boyfriend, I don’t think he deserves the online grief he gets.  But that’s partly because I’ve youtubed other performances and noticed that if he’s given anything decent to work with, he can do a nice job.

      But while the jacket could be one of those one-off colder-than-it-looks mistakes, the mustache–no, no, no, no.  I’m kind of cringing for him.  But maybe he knows it and that’s why that smile is so sheepish.

      • What makes his character so despicable? I’ve never seen more than three seconds of Glee, but color me curious!

  • LadyChelle

    But really, is his right leg shorter than his left? Because I’ve never seen a picture of him standing upright. He’s always listing.

  • rab01

    He might look OK in a trimmed beard but wow is that mustache-like object under his nose laughable.
    Perhaps more disturbing to me — are those glass-frames without lenses?  (As a life-long glasses wearer, I so hate everyone who wears that look.)

    • Delaney Davis

       I thought there were no lenses, but in a couple of the pictures you can see a tiny bit of glare off of them in the top outside corner of the frames. So. Still douchey, just slightly less than it could’ve been!

    • Vickiefantastico

      I’ve been I’m glasses since the first grade, and I completely agree with you! It’s one of my least favorite trends. I find it highly insensitive, in a way.

      • fallen_ikon

        I am extremely nearsighted, with astigmatism. I wear glasses a lot more than I do contacts, and so my glasses tend to be pretty. Crystals, funky colors, etc. I used to work with a woman who had perfect vision, and she told me she envied me because I had such cool glasses, and she wanted to buy a pair of frames with dummy lenses because she wanted to look all “intellectual and funky”. I would trade my eyes for hers any day of the week. She could wear my cool glasses, and I could see past the tip of my nose when I wake up. We’d both be happy.

    • tween00

      Even if there are lenses, they are without a prescription since the side of his face isn’t distorted when you look through them. I’ve worn glasses since the 5th grade and I’m surprised how pissed off that makes me. Trying to look brainy Matthew?? Step off.

      • Glammie

        Oh come on.  I’ve worn glasses for decades and if you have weak prescription, there’s no noticeable distortion.  

  • bertkeeter

    He’s handsome…outfit is a bit taste questionableish… that’s a word???

  • Sobaika

    Is this a Movember thing? 

    • beansmarie

      That was my first thought, too.

  • Pants_are_a_must

    On the record: complete and utter douche in every detail of this douchking outfit.

    Off the record: I’ve heard he’s not particularly beloved by the Broadway community. Very diva attitude.

  • Now, under normal circumstances I am a total cheerleader for any man choosing to add face fur to his looks. There are, sadly, a few mortals out there for whom it should be a no no. Case in point,….

  • StellaZafella

    If they ever do a live movie version of The Simpsons…Heeeere’s Ned!

  • H3ff

    This man has terrible style. Everything is mismatched. The chunky frames aren’t working. The scarf is FUGLY.

  • alyce1213

    Handsome/ugly — Joli/laid.
    He looks better when not smiling. 
    The clothes are pretty bad, definitely douchey.

  • Just say no to the pornstache.

  • Mel

    deleted due to duplicated entry

  • Mel

    Can we put a moratorium on the Michael Caine-esque glasses? They should be packed away with the putty-colored patent pumps and only dragged out for the occasional decades theme party.

  • j_anson

    Yeah, I mean, if he doesn’t want to look like a douche there’s a simple solution.

  • Bill Curtis

    He might look like douche here, but I met him on more than one occasion when he was still tramping the boards on Broadway, and he could not have been nicer.  Sweet, kind guy.

    • angela rose

       I posted this in the last MM run down, but in person he is easily one thousand times sexier.  Trust me folks. He even walks sexy.

  • Rand Ortega

    A “douchestache”? If that ain’t a word, Matthew Morrison just made it necessary.

  • MrsMaxPower

    That stache makes him look soooo To Catch a Predator…I have no comments on his outfit because that lip velvet is just too distracting.

    • demidaemon

      My thoughts exactly.

  • decormaven

    That’s not a scarf, it’s an old, tattered shop rag. And either unbutton your jacket, or button it and belt it. One more day, and Movember will be morte.

  • filmcricket

    For some reason I thought he must be doing something in New York or whatever, since he’s been benched on Glee for the nonce. Guess not. Anyway, if the ‘stache isn’t gone by the next time we see him there will be blood, but I can’t hate on someone for growing a Movember face fungus, I just can’t. The jacket, on the other hand, there’s no excuse for.

  • Oh my god, that close up was hysterical!

    • mshesterp

      There’ s something about it that looks like a 50-ish chemistry teacher.  It’s just the combination of the glasses/mustache/goober grin–i don’t know.  He just looks so goofy with that ‘stache and glasses.

  • Dhammadina

    But he has great hair. I find myself staring at it when I tune into Glee, briefly, via On Demand. 
    It isn’t a separate character, as is the hair of Christopher Walken. But it is great. 

  • Violina23

    I think he was better suited for Broadway, I feel like he’s more attractive with a bit of distance, as mean as that sounds. I saw clips of him in the recent South Pacific revival and he seemed great in that role.

    Wasn’t he also the original Link in Hairspray? I have a hard time picturing that, but I believe it.

  • Meg0GayGuys6

    In the close-up of his face, I’m reminded of Screech.  Not good.

  • B_C_J

    The hair is beautiful. The eye glasses are very complimentary. The scarf is jaunty. The jacket -sans belt- is handsome. The mustache it seems is simply growing in.  I think he looks better with the facial hair and once it’s fully grown, he will look quite sexy.

  •  Morrison: And
    I was doing “South Pacific” on Broadway at the time. I auditioned on
    tape in New York. I brought my ukulele in and sang “Somewhere Over the
    Rainbow.” [He begins to sing “Somewhere Over the Rainbow,”
    and many people in the audience squeal with delight.] And then actually,
    Ryan Murphy said the reason why I got the part was because of the boots I was
    wearing. He really liked my boots. And that kind of sealed the deal for me.
    Then I flew to L.A. and did the studio and network test.


    Well, I was nothing like a high-school teacher in high school. I was “that
    guy.” I dated the homecoming queen. I was prom king. I was senior class
    president, star soccer player, leader of musicals.

    VicD: And that’s why he’s a giant DOUCHE.

    • Toto Maya

       He was also on PBS talking about how he was in South Pacific and he gets to play this one character and his song is about not being racist and he TOTALLY feels that because he’s like not even racist.

  • mjude

    so maybe this time he has a douche quality but i like him. i have a soft spot for him,  when i saw my 2nd broadway show ever in nyc years back & he was staring in hairspray, he was just adorable on stage & off.

  • tereliz

    LOL, my husband calls it No-Shave-vember. I’m not feeling the tie-belt on the coat, and the hair-lip (no offense to anyone with an actual cleft-palate meant) looks kind of… sketchy. But other than that he looks okay. 

  • neofashionista

    god what a shame he has become so douchey i no longer like him at all when he first started on glee i was in love with him but now EWWW just EWWWW

  • GorgeousThings

    He did play the douchiest douchebag in musical theater, Lt. Cable in “South Pacific”, so he has a bit of a history of playing to type. 

    Regardless of what one might think of his characters, that ‘stache has GOT to go.

  • Is it the scarf or the mustache?  I can’t decide.

  • do you really think “it’s for a role” is a silly defense?  i’ll have to stop proffering it, then.  lmao.

  • He really DOES look like a douche, but it’s not the stache that’s causing that effect, IYKWIM. 

  • Holy Moly!  That is spectacularly bad from head to smarmy smile to toe.

  • The minute I saw his picture on your front page — with the mustache, hipster glasses, and scarf — I said, “DOUCHE!”

    Sorry to be predictable.

  • Marjorie Ingall

    I too have heard not-such-good things about him from the Bway world. But far more damning: There is no excuse for a shiny bathrobe belt. However, the mustache may be for Movember — men grow mustaches in November to raise awareness of prostate cancer. Normally cute Packers QB Aaron Rodgers also has an unfortunate pornstache. December cannot come soon enough. 

  • I admit to thinking Matthew Morrison is hot.

    …when he’s not sporting a ridiculous douchestache. Yuck.

  • Most of it is awful but I kinda love the shoes.

  • Glammie

    Yes, he was the original Link–break-out role for him.  And, yes, I think he’s a stage actor–no shame in that.  

  • Glammie

    That’s it?  Admitting he was successful in high school?  Describing his audition with Ryan Murphy?  Presumably in response to direct questions.  Why wouldn’t he have been successful in high school?  Athletic, reasonably good-looking and talented enough to star on Broadway so not surprising he starred in his high-school musicals.

    If anything, what I’ve noticed in Morrison’s interviews is that he’s not shrewd enough to play the PR game.  He’s pleased with his success and doesn’t display much false modesty–he’s not PR savvy–but he doesn’t strike me as a bad guy as actors go.

    • Candigirl1968

      Maybe the problem is that his Blue Steel is really just giving douche face.  

  • oohsparkley!

    It’s so dorky it’s almost adorable.

  • Not just a douche, but a hipster douche. The douchiest kind of douche. 

    • H3ff

      Are they not kind of opposites though? A douche to me is like a horrible college frat boy.

  • ThatPeterG

    This is approaching Adrien Brody levels of douchebaggery!

  • Imasewsure

    Well said gentleman! I think we also go after him with our douche-wands in part because we are all slightly jealous of his fabulous head of hair… that being said…. he’s douche from head to toe here for sure !!

  • crash1212

    Douche w/mustache. I hereby decree that henceforth men with nonexistent upper lips shall never grow a mustache of any stripe.

  • That mustache makes him look like Orlando Bloom in one of the Pirates movies.  Which is to say, NO.

  • Toto Maya


    By the way, it’s the way he stands that makes him look like a douche.

  • Trisha26

    Thanks for saying it TLo! Now I don’t have to. YAY!

  • guest2visits

    O hell no.

  • MilaXX

    For me it was a combo of the failed cd with JC Chavez while dissing the kids for being locked into the summer tours. I dont carehow well he dresses, he screams douche to me.

  • sleepycat

    OMG he looks so gay here, with the old-fashion glasses, the mustache, and his smile in that one close up, although I never saw him as a family member and he is sort of bland Hollywood, which I think didn’t hurt him in his broadway roles

  • Hetha Innis

    I howled with laughter the moment I saw this picture, and like you guys, I’m always defending him (in my own head!) from the douchery cries. 

  • He scares me in the third super close-up shot. What was the photagrapher even thinking?

  • That close-up shot of his face freaked the hell out of me, thank you TLo.

  • It’s a douche-tache. LOL

  • Can it possibly be coincidence that he also looks like an older Shia LaBeouf?

  • Hopelessly overstyled, and the ‘stache can’t be gone soon enough, but I like the shoes.

  • You definitely don’t want to see the face in the third picture down leering at you in a dark alley. Hell, you don’t want to see that face leering at you in a brightly lit doctors office, a sunny park, on a gorgeous beach, in the cold depths of space. You don’t want to see that face anywhere. Period. 

  • Beardslee

    I don’t know any of these people so why should I care if they are nice to be around or not??  It’s the clothes that are fun!  However, this guy looks mannered to the extreme and therefore ridiculous!

  • EW. No. Haaaaaaate it. He’s seriously creeping me out.

  • Weasel-stache. Ugh.

  • Sad look for our Matthew.  As for not thinking that Matthew’s all that hot….OK, I get it with the Mr. Shu image.  But have you SEEN his photos from South Pacific on Broadway??? 

  • Movember is a terrrible terriiiiiiiiiiiiiiiblllllllllllllle thing. 

  • that belt on that jacket is seriously hideous.

  • What I say.