Pose star Billy Porter has responded to critics who are upset that he’ll appear on the upcoming 51st season of Sesame Street.
Last week, the iconic children’s television show shared several photos of the 50-year-old actor on set filming the 51st season, in which he re-wore the velvet tuxedo gown and jacket by designer Christian Siriano that he first donned at the 2019 Oscars.
This led to some backlash from critics who called it ‘disappointing’ and even signed a petition to get the episode pulled — but Billy thinks those who don’t like it should butt out.
The 51st season doesn’t have a premiere date yet, but will have 35 episodes which will premiere first on HBO Max and then air for free on PBS Kids.
The decades-long children show has has countless celebrity guests on over the years, but Billy’s inclusion has sparked strong opinions.
Much of the reaction has been incredibly positive, though several critics have come out to say that Billy wearing a dress on the show in inappropriate for children.
Billy begs to differ.
‘If you don’t like it, don’t watch it,’ he told the Page Six, adding that it’s odd that people see a man in a dress and immediately think of ‘perverted demon sex.’
‘Like, what about me singing with a penguin [on the show] has anything to do with what I’m doing in my bedroom?’ he went on
‘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.
‘Stay out of my bedroom and you will be fine — that is none of your business.’
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Source: Daily Mail