Billy Porter Is Not Here For Homophobic Comments About His ‘Sesame Street’ Dress
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Billy Porter is a red carpet and fashion legend. He wears gowns, makeup, and always has a killer manicure. He transcends everything we code as masculine and does it with more style in his pinkie than his homophobic haters have in their entire souls. Yes, Porter has haters, and they crawled out of the woodwork this week when Porter announced he's wearing his Oscars 2018 dress (pictured above) on Sesame Street. Cue all the forehead clap emojis. But he had the best clapback to the homophobia, and we are LIVING for all things Porter.

Porter was absolutely not bothered.

After his Sesame Street announcement on Facebook, Porter had simple choice words for those who criticized his fabulous choice of dress. "If you don’t like it, don’t watch it," the actor told Page Six. Porter was specifically responding to Arkansas state senator Jason Rapert, who made homophobic remarks about his look.

Are you sitting down? Because Rapert's comments are so awful.

Rapert was apparently so scandalized by Porter's dress that he wrote this homophobic garbage on his official political Facebook page "What do you think I should do about this as your state senator? Do you approve of your taxpayer dollars being used to promote the radical LGBTQ agenda?"


For accuracy's sake, let's just break down why Rapert's statement is dumb and wrong.

FIRST OF ALL. There is NO SUCH THING as the "radical LGBTQ agenda" — unless you consider wanting equal rights and protection under the law, visible representation in media and entertainment, and basic things like housing, health care, and employment to be radical. Those things, of course, are not radical.

Also, Rapert can't "do anything" about Sesame Street, which is usually aired on local public-access TV channels. Public-access television is funded and regulated by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC). Note the word federal. Rapert is a state senator. He can't do jack squat about FCC funding, no matter how many homophobic posts he writes on Facebook.

There's even a petition going around to stop Porter's Sesame Street episode.

Are these homophobes for real? Yes, they are for real. A petition is being circulated that calls for Porter's Sesame Street episode to be pulled from the air. And the language is full of dangerous lies, stereotypes, and offensive rhetoric about queer people, specifically gay men. Terrible emphasis mine:

"['Sesame Street'] is one of the latest mainstream institutions to try to sexualize children using drag queens.

The promotion of drag queens, seen at this year's Super Bowl* and also at libraries** around the country, is a coordinated effort by LGBT activists to "normalize" their morally and scientifically dangerous ideology with the young.

Transgenderism is not about "Love." It is a disorder - gender dysphoria - which has absolutely no place on a children's program.

By contributing to this social contagion, 'Sesame Street' is forcing children to deal with adult concepts and notions about sexuality which are beyond their level of maturity, and which can leave psychological scars."

Obviously we don't need to go into why this is disgusting.

*Wait, what about the Super Bowl??

**Are they really attacking libraries?!

Porter has some questions for homophobes as well.

He responded to the petition in the best way: by calling these homophobes on their bizarre fetishization of queer sex. "The really interesting thing for me is that that’s what it’s all about when it comes to LGBTQ people — the first thing everyone wants to talk about is how we having sex," he told Page Six. "Like, what about me singing with a penguin [on the show] has anything to do with what I’m doing in my bedroom? Stay out of my bedroom and you will be fine — that is none of your business."