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Tomi Lahren Claims Billy Porter, LGBTQ People Attacked Masculinity

Tomi Lahren

Fox News correspondent Tomi Lahren flipped oppressor and victim when she went after LGBTQ people for allegedly “attacking” traditional masculinity in a pair of tweets reacting to Pose’s Billy Porter sporting a tuxedo gown on the Oscars red carpet Sunday. 


Twitter users were quick to drag Lahren, who appears on a pair of shows on the network’s streaming service Fox Nation, for her comments about masculinity. But Lahren, who’s renowned for making purposeful controversial statements, doubled down on her hot take that “traditional” men are under siege. 

 

 

The button-pushing Lahren's previous outrageous statements include comparing Black Lives Matter to the KKK, mocking the student survivors of the Parkland shooting, and referring to Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy as a “little limp dick.” 

While Lahren says that “traditional” masculinity is under attack, Porter, who is gay, spoke out about how homophobia and repressive ideas about what it means to be a man forced him to remain in a kind of fashion closet. 

“I grew up loving fashion, but there was a limit to the ways in which I could express myself. When you’re black and you’re gay, one’s masculinity is in question. I dealt with a lot of homophobia in relation to my clothing choices,” Porter wrote on Vogue's website. “[Even] when I had my first working contract at A&M Records, I was silent for a long time. I was trying to fit in to what other people felt I should look like.” 

 

 

Porter also confirmed that his choice to where the Christian Siriano-designed tux gown was intended to “challenge” the status quo considering what he’s endured as a gay man of color. 

“Now I’m in a space where, being on Pose, I’m invited to red carpets and I have something to say through clothes,” Porter said. “My goal is to be a walking piece of political art every time I show up. To challenge expectations. What is masculinity? What does that mean?”

In addition to Porter's boundary-pushing gown, RuPaul's Drag Race star Shangela walked the red carpet in full drag

Here's how Twitter users responded to Lahren claiming that masculinity is under attack. 

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