Billy Dee Williams is setting the file straight concerning his gender identification and sexual preferences after the media apparently took his phrases waaaay out of context.
In a current interview with Esquire journal, the legendary “Star Wars” actor was quoted as saying he recognized with each “feminine” and “masculine” components of himself, which led many media shops (together with ours) to report that he’d come out as “gender fluid.”
His precise quote: “And you see, I say ‘himself’ and ‘herself,’ because I also see myself as feminine as well as masculine. I’m a very soft person. I’m not afraid to show that side of myself.”
However, Williams says that he is NOT “gender fluid” and doesn’t even know what the hell meaning.
In a follow-up interview with The Undefeated, Williams mentioned his Esquire quote was misunderstood.
“Well, first of all, I asked last night. I said, ‘What the hell is gender fluid?’,” Williams mentioned.
More through The Undefeated:
“But what I used to be speaking about was about males getting in contact with their softer aspect of themselves. There’s a phrase that was coined by Carl G. Jung, who was a psychiatrist, who was a recent of Sigmund Freud, they usually had a splitting of the methods as a result of they’d totally different concepts about the … what do you name it? Consciousness. Unconscious. It’s collective unconsciousness. But he coined a phrase that’s, ‘Anima animus.’ And anima implies that is the feminine counterpart of the male self, and the animus is the male counterpart of the feminine.
“So, that’s what I used to be referring to. I used to be speaking about males getting in contact with the feminine aspect of themselves. I wasn’t speaking about intercourse, I wasn’t speaking about being homosexual or straight. People ought to learn [Jung]. I imply, it will be an attention-grabbing schooling for lots of people.”
Williams says he was a bit shocked to see the headlines — and the reward that got here together with how some individuals reacted to the Esquire interview.
“No, no, no, I’m not gay — by any stretch of the imagination. Not that I have anything against gay people. But personally? Not gay,” he mentioned.
Williams made a standard mistake in attaching gender fluidity to sexual orientation. Gender fluidity refers to individuals who don’t establish themselves as having a hard and fast gender. Many choose to make use of non-gendered pronouns: “they” as an alternative of “he” or “she.”
Williams says he identifies as a person. A really cute man, he says with a chuckle.
So, there you have got it! Billy Dee Williams is NOT gender fluid and identifies as a 100% heterosexual cisgender man.