A famous host is frustrated by Queen Latifah

BEVERLY HILLS, CA - JULY 31: Host/executive producer Billy Eichner speaks onstage during the 'TruTV/Billy on the Street' panel discussion at the Turner portion of the 2016 Television Critics Association Summer Tour at at The Beverly Hilton Hotel on July 31, 2016 in Beverly Hills, California. (Photo by Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images)

When Billy Eichner played a game called ‘Queen Latifah or Brave Person’ in 2015 on an episode of Billy on the Street, he suggested that the awarded actress was a person of LGBT community who is afraid to come out publicly because it might be risky for her career.

It’s not like I was intending to completely obliterate Queen Latifah,’ Eichner told Vulture.com, ‘I think Queen Latifah is very talented. I’m sure she’s lovely. But there is one aspect of her life I find frustrating and a tad backward. That was what that game was about, and I was more than happy to put that on the air because I think that is a statement that needs to be made.’

‘I do take for granted, probably, the fact that I grew up in New York City, one of the most liberal places on earth, with bleeding-heart, liberal parents who took me to see Rent and Terrence McNally plays from a very young age. So my view of this whole topic is skewed, because I am one of the lucky ones. With that said, I do think that if you can come out, you should come out. I personally think it’s the right thing to do. And at this point, there’s really not much stopping you from coming out of the closet as an actor.’

‘What does bother me is when you see a closeted celebrity say, “Oh, I just don’t talk about my personal life.” Okay, but what about your ten-page spread in Architectural Digest? Or your multiple profiles in People magazine about every other aspect in your life? I don’t buy that for a second. We’re all on our own journey, and I respect that. But maybe reconsider your journey?’ the host finished with laughing.


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