Donald Glover has once again set the internet on fire and the best part—he did it in the most nonchalant, low-key kind of so-what-moment-heard-’round-the-world EVER.
Glover was being interviewed alongside castmates Alden Ehrenreich, Emilia Clarke, and Paul Bettany for SiriusXM’s Entertainment Weekly Radio (which will air on channel 105 Thursday, May 24 at 6 p.m.) when he was asked about co-screenwriter Jonathan Kasdan’s newsmaking interview with The Huffington Post last week.
In that interview, Kasden was asked about Star Wars’ character, Lando Calrissian’s sexual fluidity and whether or not Lando Calrissian was truly pansexual.
Kasden had answered:
I would say yes. There’s a fluidity to Donald and Billy Dee’s [portrayal of Lando’s] sexuality. I mean, I would have loved to have gotten a more explicitly LGBT character into this movie. I think it’s time, certainly, for that, and I love the fluidity ― sort of the spectrum of sexuality that Donald appeals to and that droids are a part of. He doesn’t make any hard and fast rules. I think it’s fun. I don’t know where it will go.
EW asked Glover if he knew that his character, Lando, was pansexual when he was filming it, but before he could answer his castmates reacted with surprise, as if they had no idea. Ehrenreich even chimed in, “Did you know that?” Meanwhile, Glover, unfazed answers Ehrenreich with an emphatic, “Yeah,” before moving on to ask:
How can you not be pansexual in space? There are so many things to have sex with. I didn’t think that was that weird. Yeah, he’s coming on to everybody. I mean, yeah, whatever. It just didn’t seem that weird to me ‘cause I feel like if you’re in space it’s kind of like, the door is open! It’s like, no, only guys or girls. No, it’s anything. This thing is literally a blob. Are you a man or a woman? Like, who cares? Have good time out here.
Watch it for yourself below:
Many celebrated Kasden and Glover’s revelations about Calrissian:
I’m so here for this pic.twitter.com/abEH4H4cvF
— mademoiselle? (@pyshechedelique) May 21, 2018
oh my god
we got lando, you guys
Donald Glover all, 'hello Daniel Craig I will see your 007 – Seducer of the World theory and raise you, a SPACE'#pansexual
— Sarah Elmaleh (@selmaleh) May 22, 2018
Wait isn’t the earth in space?
*strokes her chin*
— ?Julie the Godzilla Enthusiast? (@TrexPushups) May 22, 2018
Mr. Glover is cool.
— truck (@TRAV15TY_) May 22, 2018
I've never felt so seen lol
— Femme The Future (@mk_patter) May 22, 2018
And there were those who, like Glover, took it in stride:
Lando hits on everything and everyone. This isn't surprising.
— Sarah Gear (@Pickles36912) May 22, 2018
Nothing new, move along, citizens pic.twitter.com/itLEOvlAgB
— Olga Ivanova (@OlIvanova_TW) May 22, 2018
A few needed a definition:
What does Pansexual mean?
— KingTrizKombat (@Oddfuture412) May 21, 2018
So nobody wanna tell ya boy what a pansexual is??? pic.twitter.com/9KnNGo4nZy
— LegendaryMason (@LegendaryMason) May 21, 2018
So here it is—Pansexuality is defined by Merriam-Webster:
1 : of, relating to, or characterized by sexual desire or attraction that is not limited to people of a particular gender identity or sexual orientation
By far the coolest thing about this line of questioning is that Glover made it clear that it is/was NBD to him and that it makes perfect sense considering the full integration of various of alien life forms into each other’s worlds.
What will be even cooler is when we’re all finally at a place where it’s NBD to everyone else, too.