Billy Porter: ‘Why does me wearing a dress cause so much strife?’

by #People

Billy Porter has responded to the social media hate his Oscars dress received, insisting he doesn’t care what people say about his fashion choices.

The Pose star turned heads on the Academy Awards red carpet when he rocked up wearing a velvet Christian Siriano gown which featured a tuxedo on top and full black skirt on the bottom. While many praised the actor for pushing boundaries with his ensemble, others were less complimentary, but Billy told the Associated Press he doesn’t let such criticism get him down.

“The comments are not my business. What people think about what I’m doing is not my business. I lived that already,” he explained. “I’m inside of my authenticity and the whole point is that you have to respect me as much as I respect you. If you don’t like it, go somewhere else. You don’t have to look. It’s not about you. I don’t understand why my putting on a dress causes this much strife in your life.”

And the trolling Billy received for the outfit isn’t going to stop him from wearing other fashion-forward looks on the red carpet.

“People are actually listening,” he smiled. “I hope it opens up a dialogue of healing. I will always continue to do me. If there’s anything I’ve learned in the 49 years that I’ve lived on this planet, is that being authentic is the only version of the story that anybody should be.”

Designer Christian also opened up about creating Billy’s Oscars look during an interview with U.S. TV show Extra, telling the programme that he wanted to make something “different but fun”.

“We just kind of wanted to try something different… He was like, ‘Let’s push it, honey,’ and that’s what we did,” Christian grinned. “It’s a bit random to see a man in a dress on the carpet like that, but I think the whole idea is people should wear what they feel. Fashion shouldn’t be so difficult, it should be fun.”

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