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Billy Porter's Coming to Sesame Street and Guess Who's Mad About It?

Billy Porter's Coming to 'Sesame Street' and Guess Who's Mad About It?

Billy Porter's Coming to 'Sesame Street' and Guess Who's Mad About It?

Hint: it's not the kids.

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Billy Porter has already conquered Broadway, and now he’s taking his talents to a new iconic street — Sesame Street.

The long-running permanently popular children’s show welcomed Porter to the set and shared photos from the episode taping on Twitter this week.

“An iconic day with an iconic person,” the official account wrote. “Thanks for visiting Sesame Street, @thebillyporter!”

It’s typically a celebrity no-no to reuse outfits, but Porter’s highly recognizable tuxedo gown is on full display in these photos. While Porter is iconic for so many reasons, the choice of an outfit that doesn’t just happen to blur gender lines, but that actively garnered him so much press at last year’s Academy Awards, makes us wonder if his episode will specifically low-key address gender norms and embracing your true self for kids.

Naturally, the conservatives had the same idea, but for them, breaking outside of societal norms is a fear, not a freedom.

It’s devastating that some parents are so trapped by antiquated ideas as to what’s “normal” that they wouldn’t let their children either learn about people who are different from them or learn to accept themselves, but Porter is still coming to Sesame Street. An iconic children’s show invited a kind and influential man, breaking boundaries and spreading the gospel of loving yourself just the way you are, to be part of a show that has long championed diversity and inclusivity.

And just as most of us learned from Sesame Street during our formative years, hopefully, some kids out there will learn something from Billy Porter that helps them as they’re growing up.

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Rachel Kiley

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.

Rachel Kiley is presumably a writer and definitely not a terminator. She can usually be found crying over queerbaiting in the Pitch Perfect franchise or on Twitter, if not both.