in truth billy porter The fashion, multi-hyphenate superstar didn’t hold back while delivering a politically charged speech Thursday night at the opening of this year’s Outfest.
“Fuck you Scots!” He said while accepting the Outfest Achievement Award.
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His words were met with applause and cheers from the crowd gathered at the Orpheum Theater in downtown Los Angeles.
He condemned the Republicans who testified against Donald Trump and his close aides during the January 6 hearing. “None of you Republicans who are not coming forward in these hearings right now are not heroes,” Porter said. “You’re not a hero.”
He blasted them for standing by Trump until the Capitol riot: “Fuck you too!”
The “Pose” star said left-wing voters had become very comfortable before Trump was elected. “Our message has to change,” he said. “We thought we won something – Democrats, progressives – we got civil rights, we got Roe v. Wade, we got marriage equality, everything else. We got a black president and then we all got on our asses and eight Eaten Bon Bons for years and then the unthinkable happened.
“We lost our alertness,” Porter said. It’s time for us to take that shit back. ,
He continued, “Our 24-hour news cycle has forgotten to point out that the reason the pushback is so severe at this very moment is that change has already happened. We’re already here. Look at me!”
Porter’s directorial debut “Anything Possible”, a coming-of-age rom-com about a black trans girl who first falls in love in high school, marked the festival’s debut.
“Change is already happening and we’re not going back,” said Porter, “we are at war to save the soul of humanity. Thoughts and prayers don’t mean nonsense. They don’t. Hate is an action.” Love is an action. Peace is an action. That’s why we have to choose love. We have to choose hope. We have to choose joy.”
Porter returned to Outfest on Thursday after attending the festival for the first time 22 years ago for the premiere of Greg Berlanti—directed LGBTQ drama “The Broken Hearts Club: A Romantic Comedy.”
Until later years, Porter struggled to find work in Hollywood because he was “too flamboyant,” he said. “There was no internet. There was social media telling me I had my own voice,” Porter said. “Actually, the message I got from the world was the exact opposite: ‘Shut up, you black fagot. Nobody wants to hear from you. nobody cares’.”
Porter was diagnosed with diabetes and HIV in 2007. “The thing I feared the most, I had become,” he recalled. “I had become the exact statistic that the whole racist and homophobic world said I would be.”
His career began when he earned a Tony in 2013 for his work in “Kinky Boots”.
Before giving her speech on the red carpet, Porter revealed Diversity“I was told, from the beginning of my career, from colleagues and haters alike that my queerness would be my responsibility. And that was for decades—until it wasn’t. And now it’s my superpower. I was redeemed Is.”
Porter honored with achievement award by “Anything Possible” stars Eva Reigns And Abu Bakr Ali,
The outfest runs until July 24.
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