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Billy Dee Williams Says Remarks About Gender Fluidity Were Misconstrued

Billy Dee Williams

Billy Dee Williams

After an interview in which Billy Dee Williams (ex-Toussaint, General Hospital and General Hospital: Night Shift) appeared to self-identify as gender-fluid, the actor is now saying those quotes have been taken out of context.

Williams told The Undefeated:

Well, first of all, I asked last night. I said, ‘What the hell is gender fluid?’ That’s a whole new term.

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Williams added: 

But what I was talking about was about men getting in touch with their softer side of themselves. There’s a phrase that was coined by Carl G. Jung, who was a psychiatrist, who was a contemporary of Sigmund Freud, and they had a splitting of the ways because they had different ideas about the … what do you call it? Consciousness. Unconscious. It’s collective unconsciousness[...] So, that’s what I was referring to. I was talking about men getting in touch with the female side of themselves. I wasn’t talking about sex, I wasn’t talking about being gay or straight. People should read [Jung]. I mean, it would be an interesting education for a lot of people.

As The Undefeated noted, Williams conflated gender identity and fluidity with sexual orientation when he added:

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.