In Pasadena, one just never knows who’s going to “pop in” on any given night.
With that in mind, it should come as no surprise that none other than Sir Elton John and his husband David Furnish would make an appearance at Pasadena’s Rose Bowl Saturday night, attending a Q+A following a screening of the season finale of the FX series “POSE.”
“POSE” producer and creator Ryan Murphy joined co-creator Steven Canals and stars Mj Rodriguez and Billy Porter in welcoming Sir Elton and Furnish, both men longtime advocates for LGTBQ rights and HIV-AIDS medical advances through their Elton John AIDS Foundation, which, according to Deadline, has raised $500 million to date.
In fact, Variety reports, the couple hastily rescheduled their vacation plans to attend the event in Pasadena because of their love of the show.
“A lot of praise should be given and a lot of credit to Ryan for making sure this program got made because it’s true. It never rings false,” John said of Murphy and the show. “And those outfits – my dear!”
“POSE,” as FX briefly describes it, is about New York City’s African-American and Latino LGBTQ and gender-nonconforming drag ball culture scene in the 1980s and, in the second season, the early 1990s.
“I lived the AIDS epidemic in the 1980s,” the 74-year-old John said, adding he was impressed by the show’s authenticity.
“This series touched me more than any other series because of the journey that these people are on…They’re real people, and they’re trans people who’ve made their life possible, but by god, they had to fight for it — and they still have to fight for it. And they shouldn’t have to fight for it. They should never have to fight for it,” John said.
John’s remarks were often interrupted by loud cheers in the form of car honks by the drive-in audience, Deadline reported.
During the Q+A, Furnish said the series had educational value for people unaware of the history of HIV-AIDS, creating greater understanding and awareness of medical advances now used to combat and control the disease.
“With the medicines that we have today, if everybody knew about HIV, knew they were at risk and had access to testing and treatment, we could stop this disease dead in its tracks,” said Furnish. “It’s really important that we don’t forget, and ‘POSE’ just brings it to life so, so magnificently.”
Ryan, who’s won six Primetime Emmys, a Tony Award, and two Grammy Award nominations, also created and produced “Popular,” “Nip/Tuck,” “Glee,” “American Horror Story,” “Scream Queens,” “ 9-1-1,” “The Politician,” “9-1-1: Lone Star ,” and “Ratched.”