We have some fun news for you. Billy Porter is going to appear on an episode of Sesame Street, and he’ll be wearing his iconic tux dress.
Earlier today, Sesame Street released official photos of Porter on the set of the historic children’s program. For the most part, the announcement was met with shock and praise.
“Yes!!!! I grew up with Sesame Street in the early 70s, and it’s one of my fondest childhood memories,” wrote one commenter on Facebook. “Sesame Street has always embraced and encouraged strength through diversity and universal love and acceptance. I made sure my son grew with this wonderful show as well.”
“This 62 year old grandma loves it! Billy rocks whatever he’s wearing with confidence,” shared another.
Of course, there were some homophobes in the mix of comments and some anti-LGBT news publications have written about the announcement. But thankfully, many supportive allies have also spoken up in defense of Porter’s appearance in the show.
“If you see this and you’re upset by it, maybe you should do what your parents couldn’t and help your children become emotionally healthy and confident adults,” wrote a commenter on Facebook.
“Dude, everyone getting all heated and they seem to forget that the founding fathers were running around in wigs and tights,” wrote another.
But despite all the online back and forth, Sesame Street never stated when the episode with Billy Porter will air. We’ll just have to wait and see.