Emmy-award winning actor, Billy Porter, is best known for his role in the hit TV series, Pose and of course, for dominating the red carpet with his head-turning looks.
And now it looks like Porter has bagged another huge gig, appearing in an episode of Sesame Street.
His casting highlighted a huge message, but of course, some people are less than impressed...
Billy Porter is an American Broadway theater performer, singer, and actor.
His role in the popular musical earnt him a Tony Award.
Now, the actor is best known for his role in TV series, Pose.
via: imdbPose focuses primarily on New York City’s African and Latino LGBTQ communities. Set in the 1980s, the show follows several queer characters in their journeys to becoming who they want to be
The uplifting drama shows the support networks of those who felt like they didn't belong...
via: imdbAnd also those who society had deemed outcasts. It emphasizes the support networks around them while featuring characters who were trying to make it big in the city’s underground culture.
With the show already paving historic paths of its own, it was amazing to see it being recognized at this year's Emmys.
via: Getty ImagesPorter snagged the award for “Lead Actor in a Drama Series."
His win made history...
via: Getty ImagesHe was the first-ever gay, black man to win the award. “It took many years of vomiting up all the filth that I had been taught about myself, and halfway believed, before I was could walk around this earth like I had the right to be here," Porter said during his acceptance speech, quoting James Baldwin. “I have the right, you have the right. We all have the right!"
He also went on to say this:
via: Getty Images“We, as artists, are the people who that get to change the molecular structure of the hearts and minds of the people who live on this planet. Please don’t ever stop doing that. Please don’t ever stop telling the truth."
Aside from his acting career, Porter is known for his head-turning fashion sense...
via: Getty ImagesThe star is nothing short of a red-carpet master.
His looks never fail to make the headlines.
The star recently landed another huge gig.
via: Getty ImagesHe appeared on an episode of Sesame Street wearing his iconic tux-dress.
And the message behind his appearance is just as iconic as his dress...
via: Getty ImagesThe star hoped to promote love and inclusivity with his childhood heroes.
However, not everyone was impressed...
They said this:
Despite all the ignorance from the site, Billy Porter decided to respond with empathy.
He even called out One Million Moms directly:
This isn't the first time people had a problem with his appearance.
However, people couldn't help but commend him for his words...
via: Getty ImagesLily Aldridge, a supermodel, commented on the post saying: "Verified I love this so much and can’t wait to watch your episode of my favorite show."