In a chilling comment during an interview, a gay actor who is married to another man says his portrayal of a Disney Fairy Godmother in the upcoming Cinderella movie will appeal particularly to children.
Billy Porter, 50, said to CBS: “This is a classic, this is a classic fairytale for a new generation. I think that the new generation is really ready. The kids are ready. It’s the grownups that are slowing stuff down.”
Except for grownups like himself, apparently.
Porter recently revealed that his version of the Fairy Godmother in next year’s live-action Cinderella will be “genderless.”
“Magic has no gender. We are presenting this character as genderless, at least that’s how I’m playing it. And it’s really powerful.”
Porter is openly gay; he married his partner Adam Smith in 2017.
Porter doesn’t appear to be fazed about any conservative backlash as he pointedly and openly reaches out to children to try to turn them against heterosexuality and the reality of their own genders. The Tony winner recently faced the wrath of conservative group One Million Moms over his appearance on Sesame Street.
For the appearance, he sported the same black velvet tuxedo gown he wore to last year’s Academy Awards. Behind-the-scenes photos of Porter wearing the dress for Sesame Street sparked a petition urging HBO and PBS to cancel the episode.
He recently responded on Instagram: ‘I know people are all up in arms about me wearing the gorgeous custom @csiriano tuxedo dress that I wore at @theacademy awards in 2019 for the upcoming season.
“If you follow me, however, you know the impact it had. The emails, DMs, and messages of good will I received that day (and continue to receive) from parents and their children who have been bullied all over the world and desperately need to see someone like me, being their authentic selves on mainstream media, is far more important than anything #onemillionmoms could ever say.”