Billy Dee Williams made some headlines at the end of last month with comments he made recently in an interview with Esquire pertaining to his take on gender fluidity. Williams has since added clarity to those stated comments as provided by CBS News:
“…what I was talking about was about men getting in touch with their softer side of themselves,” Williams said. “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. But he coined a phrase that’s, ‘Anima animus.’ And anima means that is the female counterpart of the male self, and the animus is the male counterpart of the female.”
“So, that’s what I was referring to,” he continued. “I was talking about men getting in touch with the female side of themselves.”
Williams then goes on to also clarify that he is heterosexual, apparently conflating gender identity with sexuality.
“I wasn’t talking about sex, I wasn’t talking about being gay or straight. People should read [Jung],” he explained. “I mean, it would be an interesting education for a lot of people.”
A little later, he continued, “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.”