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Billy Porter Hits Back at Critics for His Decision to Wear a Dress on 'Sesame Street'

Billy Porter is not paying the haters any mind.

The 50-year-old Pose star spoke out after receiving some backlash for his decision to wear a dress on the set of Sesame Street.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Billy Porter

Criticism even came from a Republican state senator from Arkansas, Jason Rapert, who wrote: “Do you approve of your taxpayer dollars being used to promote the radical LGBTQ agenda?”

“If you don’t like it, don’t watch it,” he told Page Six, saying he finds it odd that people would compare the dress to “perverted demon sex.”

“Like, what about me singing with a penguin [on Sesame Street] has anything to do with what I’m doing in my bedroom? 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,” Billy clapped back.

“Stay out of my bedroom and you will be fine. That is none of your business,” he added.

Billy also recently opened up in the 2020 LGBTQ State of the Unionhere’s what he said.

Kennedy Center Honors 2019 - Performers, Songs, & Honorees Revealed!

The 2019 Kennedy Center Honors special is airing tonight (December 15) on CBS and we have the full list of performances that you can expect to watch during the show!

LL Cool J, who was a Kennedy Center Honors recipient back in 2017, is hosting the special for the very first time.

The five honorees this year are the musical group Earth, Wind & Fire, actress Sally Field, singer Linda Ronstadt, children’s television program Sesame Street, and conductor and musical visionary Michael Tilson Thomas.

Tons of major stars will be appearing on stage throughout the special to pay tribute to these great artists. Make sure to tune in at 8/7c on CBS.

Click inside for the full lineup of performers and songs… More Here! »

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Sally Field Gets Tom Hanks' Support at Kennedy Center Honors!

Sally Field walks the red carpet while attending the 2019 Kennedy Center Honors event on Sunday (December 8) at the Kennedy Center in Washington, D.C.

The two-time Oscar-winning actress was one of the five honorees at this year’s event and she received support from her Forrest Gump co-star Tom Hanks and his wife Rita Wilson!

The other honorees this year were Earth, Wind & Fire, singer Linda Ronstadt, the creators of Sesame Street, and music director and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas.

Some of the other celebs who stepped out to help celebrate the honorees included Joseph Gordon-Levitt, Lucy Liu, Kevin Kline, Pierce Brosnan, Ben Vereen, LL Cool J, Steven Spielberg and wife Kate Capshaw, Maura Tierney, David Foster, Audra McDonald, and Cedric the Entertainer.

Sadly, earlier in the day it was confirmed that the longtime puppeteer of Sesame Street‘s Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch had passed away.

FYI: Lucy is wearing a Georges Chakra Couture gown. Audra is wearing a Romona Keveža Collection gown.

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David Harbour Gives Oscar the Grouch 'Joker'-Style Origin Story on 'Saturday Night Live' - Watch!

David Harbour is giving Oscar the Grouch a back story!

While hosting Saturday Night Live, the 44-year-old Stranger Things actor gave the Sesame Street character an origin story in the form of a Joker parody.

In the fake trailer for Grouch, we see David as Oscar picking up trash bags in typical bad mood not before long he’s wearing green face makeup, aiming a gun at the camera an crawling into his trash can.

“If everyone calls you trash, if everyone treats you like trash, why don’t you just become trash?” David as Oscar says.

The trailer also features SNL cast members dressed up as other Sesame Street characters.

The Kennedy Center Announces 2019 Honorees - See the Full List!

The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts has announced its 2019 honorees!

Five honorees were selected to receive the 2019 Kennedy Center Honors for lifetime artistic achievements, the organization announced on Thursday (July 18).

Earth, Wind & Fire, Sally Field, Linda Ronstadt, Sesame Street, and conductor Michael Tilson Thomas will all be honored at the event.

“The Kennedy Center Honors celebrates icons who, through their artistry, have left an indelible stamp on our collective cultural consciousness. Earth, Wind & Fire’s hooks and grooves are the foundation of a seminal style that continues to shape our musical landscape; Sally Field has brought us unforgettable characters, both joyous and poignant, for more than five decades; Linda Ronstadt is the defining voice of a generation, spanning genres, languages, and continents; Sesame Street continues to revolutionize how children and adults learn about our world; and Michael Tilson Thomas goes far beyond keeping score: he has shaped American music and musical institutions for the 21st century.” said Kennedy Center Chairman David M. Rubenstein.

This is the first time a television program will receive the award.

The Kennedy Center Honors medallions will be presented on Saturday, December 7, the night before the Gala, at a State Department dinner. The Honors Gala will be recorded for broadcast on CBS as a two-hour primetime special on Sunday, December 15 at 8 p.m. ET.

Chrissy Teigen & John Legend Step Out for Sesame Street 50th Anniversary Gala!

Chrissy Teigen and John Legend pose with a couple Sesame Street characters as they arrive at the Sesame Street 50th Anniversary Benefit Gala on Wednesday night (May 29) at the Cipriani Wall Street in New York City.

The 33-year-old cookbook author and Twitter icon looked pretty in an orange dress while the 40-year-old EGOT winner donned a handsome, navy tux for the event.

PHOTOS: Check out the latest pics of Chrissy Teigen

Other stars at the event included Oscar Isaac and wife Elvira Lind, Sara Bareilles and partner Joe Tippett, John Oliver and wife Kate Norley, NBC’s Hoda Kotb, SNL producer Lindsay Shookus, Katie Couric, Diane Sawyer, and Holly Robinson Peete.

20+ pictures inside of the stars at the event…More Here! »

Anne Hathaway In Talks for 'Sesame Street' Live-Action Movie!

A live-action adaptation of the beloved television show Sesame Street is heading to the big screen and Anne Hathaway is in early talks to star in the film!

The Oscar-winning actress is in talks to play Sally, according to Collider.

Sally is the same name as the girl who appeared on the first episode of Sesame Street. She received a tour of the street and was introduced to characters like Big Bird and Oscar the Grouch. It sounds like Anne could be playing an adult version of the character!

Warner Bros. and MGM are co-financing the movie, which is expected to be a musical. Portlandia co-creator Jonathan Krisel will direct the film.