I'm going to tell you a little story about a man.

A great man.

A man named Joseph Gordon-Levitt.


You know what, I think I'll put that picture in here again. You know. Just to be safe.

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OK, one more time.

Dear God, yes.

Anyway!

As a young, distressingly handsome child actor growing up in L.A., Joseph Gordon-Levitt watched a lot of Laker games with his family.

(That's basketball for those of you who don't follow sportsball.)

And whenever the cheerleaders would show up, his mom would make an interesting observation.

(Not Joseph Gordon-Levitt's mom.)

Why is it that all the dudes get to be celebrated for what they do?

While the ladies only get celebrated for what they look like.

It just didn't seem fair. Not at all.

And as a result...

O.M.G. Swoon.

Here he is, 20-ish years later, telling Ellen all about it.

P.S. I love all the crazy amounts of plants on Ellen's set. Moar plants, please!