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One Million Moms Takes Issue with Billy Porter Wearing Fab Oscars Gown on 'Sesame Street'

Wednesday Feb 26, 2020
Billy Porter arrives at the Oscars on Feb. 24, 2019.
Billy Porter arrives at the Oscars on Feb. 24, 2019.  (Source:Photo by Richard Shotwell/Invision/AP)

The anti-LGBTQ organization One Million Moms is the latest group of conservatives taking issue with Billy Porter's "Sesame Street" appearance in which he wears his fabulous Oscars gown.

It was announced earlier this month the "Pose" star would be on the 51st season of the show, with the official social media accounts for the PBS series writing that Porter is "bringing those fierce vibes" to the children's program.


In a post to their website, 1MM, a branch of the anti-LGBTQ group American Family Association, took issue with Porter's choice of clothing.

"PBS recently announced that 'Sesame Street' will feature a drag queen activist wearing a gender-bender tuxedo gown in one of its episodes this year," 1MM's entry reads. "'Sesame Street' posted on its Facebook page: 'Billy Porter bringing those fierce vibes to Sesame Street. #Season51.'

"The post also included a fire emoji which is used to signify that something is cool, awesome, exciting, or 'on fire.' It can also convey that someone is sexy or hot," the group's blog goes on to read.

The 1MM post adds:

"Discussion of such controversial topics and lifestyle choices should be left up to parents. PBS KIDS should not introduce the LGBTQ lifestyle to young children. PBS KIDS should stick to entertaining and providing family-friendly programming, instead of pushing an agenda...

...Many families have already discovered that PBS KIDS, largely supported by federal funds, is anything but family-friendly. However, 1MM is warning anyone who continues to watch the channel. Please take action and help get the word out about this ridiculous use of taxpayers' dollars to indoctrinate children to the LGBTQ lifestyle."

Click here to read the full entry.

1MM has a notorious track record with voicing their concern over LGBTQ representation on TV and even took issue with the same-sex wedding that took place on PBS's long-running "Arthur" last year.

This isn't the first time Porter's "Sesame Street" appearance has caused controversy. Earlier this month Republican state senator Jason Rapert took to Facebook to shares his thoughts.

"What do you think I should do about this as your state senator? Do you approve of your taxpayer dollars being used to promote the radical LGBTQ agenda?" he wrote, also sharing an article from the Christian website Life Site News, which calls Porter a "cross-dressing LGBTQ activist."


There was also a Life Site News petition to have the episode pulled and accused "Sesame Street" of trying to "sexualize children using drag queens." As of this writing, the petition has nearly 58,000 signatures.

Porter spoke to Page Six about the drama at the time and called out his haters.

"If you don't like it, don't watch it," he said, adding he thinks it's odd that people would connect him wearing a dress to "perverted demon sex."

"Like, what about me singing with a penguin [on the show] has anything to do with what I'm doing in my bedroom?" Porter said earlier this month. "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," Porter told Page Six.

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