Billy Porter Shut Down Criticism of the Dress He Wore on Sesame Street

"Stay out of my bedroom and you will be fine."

Billy Porter doesn't have time for any hate over the dress he wore during his Sesame Street appearance.

After a petition to have the episode pulled made the rounds, accusing the program of trying to "sexualize children using drag queens," Porter responded, telling Page Six, "If you don’t like it, don’t watch it."

"Like, what about me singing with a penguin [on the show] has anything to do with what I’m doing in my bedroom?" he said. "The really interesting thing for me is that that’s what it’s all about when it comes to LGBTQ people — the first thing everyone wants to talk about is how we having sex. Stay out of my bedroom and you will be fine — that is none of your business."

As the program teased last week, Porter revived the famous black tuxedo dress he wore to the Oscars for an episode of Sesame Street, which has yet to air.

He first wore the Christian Siriano gown at the 2019 Oscars, though it's not the first or last time he shut down the red carpet in a show-stopping ensemble.

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"Women are allowed to be masculine and that’s considered strong and powerful," he told InStyle last year. "But when men wear dresses, it’s a thing. I’m over that. We need to shatter that stereotype."​​​​

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