And no, Billy Porter didn’t make Emmy history for taking out dozens of heads with his bedazzled Hankerin’ For A Hunk O’Cheese-on acid hat. Billy made history by being the first openly gay black actor to win Lead Actor In A Drama Series for his role in FX’s Pose.
During his speech, Billy Porter preached about self-acceptance, he quoted James Baldwin, worshipped at the feet of gay TV overlord Ryan Murphy, and then showed love for his mommy by calling her the most resilient woman he’s ever known. And like me, it seemed like his mom, who was there with him, melted even though she was probably secretly pissed at him for nearly taking out her eye several times with that rhinestone-lined shoe horn hat of doom.
According to The Week
History was made at the 2019 Emmys.
Billy Porter just became the first openly gay black man to win the lead drama actor Emmy for his performance on FX’s Pose, The Associated Press reports.
This was Porter’s first time being nominated for an Emmy, though he previously picked up a Golden Globe nomination for his Pose performance. His competition at Sunday’s Emmys including Ozark‘s Jason Bateman and Game of Thrones‘ Kit Harrington.
— Deadline Hollywood (@DEADLINE) September 23, 2019
Billy already had a Grammy and a Tony before winning an Emmy last night, so now he’s just an Oscar away from an EGOT.
Billy Porter also shot down rumors that he delivered a shady side-eye at RuPaul when RuPaul’s Drag Race won the Emmy for best competition reality show.
— Colin W (@CWiebrecht) September 23, 2019
Billy’s claiming the camera caught him at the wrong time and he’s got nothing but love for RuPaul. People reports:
Porter said that the cameras likely caught him at the wrong time, which made it appear as if he was giving side-eye to RuPaul. The actor also praised his friend for helping him get to where he is today.
“They can catch me and it can look like a side-eye, [but] RuPaul is a friend of mine,” he said. “I am so proud of him. I stand on his shoulders. I stand on his shoulders. He is doing it. He paved the way for me, so there’s never a side-eye about that.”
There could be many reasons for why Billy didn’t clap and threw a little side-eye. Maybe he was trying to remember if he turned his stovetop off or not, or maybe he was still wondering why the Koven was there. Whatever the case may be, it’s a good thing that Billy shut that down, because he doesn’t need the queens of Drag Race coming for him in the name of their Mama Ru. Although, he could easily take them out with just a quick swipe of his steroids-fed Puss ‘N Boots hat.