It’s been 36 years since we’ve last saw Billy Dee Williams play Lando Calrissian in a Star Wars movie. The release of The Rise of Skywalker in a few weeks will correct all of that. Lando’s swagger is coming back to a galaxy far, far away, and ahead of the release of the film, Williams has been doing a few interviews. In one epic profile for Esquire, he mentioned that he sometimes refers to himself with female pronouns, which led a lot of folks to declare that the famous actor had “come out” as “gender fluid.” But now, Billy Dee has made things a little clearer, and he’s not okay with other people labeling him.
First off, here’s what he said in Esquire: “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.”
Then, in an interview published on Yahoo, he clarified his comments after having journalists ask him if he was now “gender fluid.” Here’s what he said:
“When I made that comment, it was just a simple comment, I was just saying men should get in touch with their female self.”
So there you have it. Billy Dee Williams will not be defined by what other people say about him, only by what he says about himself. But, at the same time, he’s probably right. Men should think about their feminine side more often, and be open to all kinds of ways of thinking about themselves. But, everyone, literally, everyone, should be able to live in a world where a label doesn’t define them. It’s nice Billy Dee Williams has reminded all of us of that fact.
Being smart and sensitive is something all men should do, But, we’re allowed to do it on our own terms. Thanks, Billy Dee!