It seems there isn't much room for Beyonce in the world of feminism. Using her platform to constantly talk about it and introduce it to young women and men who otherwise would only hear the term feminism in negative tones is somehow invalid apparently.
So women feminists are really going to lay into the men praising feminism, right? Well there is some debate over whether a man can call himself a feminist (yes) or only a pro-feminist (eurgh). But what we are dealing with here are men who refer to themselves as feminists.
It's good to get excited about men displaying an interest in feminism and even better to see them try to act on it, beyond just saying how much they love their mother.
Gordon-Levitt cannot really help that Time Magazine described this as an "incredible definition of feminism". When John Legend said: "If men care about women's rights the world will be a better place. We are better off when women are empowered - it leads to a better society." He might not have anticipated the congratulatory response from the feminist media (it's worth noting that Legend has been active in fundraising for Chime for Change, a charity that aims to improve women's lives across the world). Ryan Gosling perhaps didn't think that speaking positively about his ex-girlfriends and his mother would result in a feminist meme frenzy.
It's good to get excited about men displaying an interest in feminism and even better to see them try to act on it, beyond just saying how much they love their mother. Feminism is right to allow them into the feminist circle, provided male feminists understand the concept of respecting space and lived experience.
It's not so good to give these men a free ride with their perhaps slightly under-examined feminism but tell Beyonce there's no space for her in feminism.