I love Billy Porter. I truly do. From all of his fashion moments to knowing how to entertain a crowd during commercial breaks at awards shows, the Emmy-nominated Pose actor is the type of unapologetic Hollywood star we’ve been waiting for. But after his latest appearance on The Late Late Show with James Corden, love isn’t enough. The Broadway veteran showed his Black ass — and I’ve now decided to stan!
On Wednesday night (Sept. 18), Porter appeared on the late night show and gave every future guest a lesson in how to make an entrée. (Because what he did was more than just an entrance!) After his fellow guest, actress Kirsten Dunst was announced, she entered the show’s curtains wearing a respectable, long-sleeved black dress. She waved to the crowd, walked down the stairs and took her set on the stage. Then it was Porter’s turn.
When his name was announced, the actor emerged from the curtains with his head down and arms by his side. He then spread those arms, now turned wings, to show a gold lamé cape (à la his Met Gala lewk) and a sparkling purple gown. After walking down the stairs, luxuriating in the audience’s adoration, he turned around, went back behind the curtain, and reemerged in a feathered robe with a bouquet of roses that he then began passing out to members of the crowd.
Meanwhile, Corden is feigning joyous disbelief that eventually turns to being upset when Porter, after handing out all of his flowers, makes a stop at the house band’s station, picks up a tambourine, and takes us to church! He literally played the tambourine like only a Black homo raised mostly at Sunday School — or someone’s auntie or granny on the Mother Board — can. When the tambourine solo is complete, he’s met by two shirtless men who carry him to the other side of the stage where Dunst is all smiles and Corden is fake-pissed.
Corden lambasts Porter for wasting air time on his over-the-top entrée (because again, it was more than an entrance), prompting the actor to apologize profusely. But Corden had had it and asked Porter to leave the show.
"Don't you worry about it ... it's all good, fine James!" Porter said, storming off the set.
Corden then began to interview Dunst about her new show, On Becoming A God In Central Florida, when music starts to play. Porter was not done yet!
Curtains are pulled and Porter is atop a staircase with a disco ball behind him. And with mic in hand, he begins to belt out Gloria Gaynor's iconic classic "I Will Survive" directly to Corden, complete with choreo and backup dancers. And if you know anything about Porter, then you know his mic was on!
And did I mention he did all of this in a pair of sparkly, red-bottomed heeled boots? Your fave could never. And if you weren’t stanning before, what the hell are you waiting on? Check out the video below: