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Betty White Tells Larry King She Doesn't Understand Homophobes: Video

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In an interview on Larry King Now, actress and comedienne Betty White briefly mentioned her attitude towards gay issues.

Instagram user mrluissalazar asked “What has been the significance of the gay community for your career? And what do you have to say to those against gay people?”

White ignored the first part of the question and responded, “I don’t care whom you sleep with. It’s 'What kind of a human being are you?' I don’t understand [why people are anti-gay], it’s such a personal private business and it’s none of mine.”

In regards to her success she said, “You’ve always got to think of it as the privilege of the world to get to this point.”

She also said that the thing that makes her the saddest about the entertainment industry is the ungracious unappreciative, entitled attitudes some successful people have. “They think it’s their due,” White said. “It isn’t. There’s always someone over there who can do it better.”

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Gay Iconography: Thank You, 'Golden Girls,' For Being A Friend

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If your little gay heart skipped a beat while two characters watched The Golden Girls during Sunday's finale of Looking, you're not alone. Earlier this week Louis Peitzman wrote a lovely piece for Buzzfeed, titled, "Why Gay Men Still Love The Golden Girls.'" In it he shares a bunch of reasons why the show's popularity has endured with gay audiences nearly 30 years after its original premiere, including this particularly poignant hypothesis: "… the transgressive power of The Golden Girls is that it’s a show about the construction of a chosen family rather than a biological family, a very queer conceit."

Others have posited that shows like The Golden Girls (and Designing Women) gave gay men confident, sassy figures from whom they could draw strength to battle the discrimination they faced. Or maybe it was the show's portrayal of LGBT characters, including the gay chef, Coco, and Blanche's brother Clayton.

Part of what makes The Golden Girls so iconic is not just the content of the episodes, but the four actresses that starred in the series. Not only were they hilarious, but they were strong supporters of the LGBT community. After losing a friend and her nephew to AIDS, Estelle Getty became a vocal AIDS activist. In 2009, Rue McClanahan was part of the Defying Inequality concert, which benefitted several LGBT organizations. Betty White issued her support for gay marriage to Parade Magazine in 2010: "If a couple has been together all that time—and there are gay relationships that are more solid than some heterosexual ones—I think it’s fine if they want to get married. I don’t know how people can get so anti-something. Mind your own business, take care of your affairs, and don’t worry about other people so much.” Bea Arthur was so deeply embedded in the LGBT community, she told the New York Press, "Sometimes, I feel like Judy!" And those are only a few examples.

Because we can't get enough of Blanche, Rose, Sophia and Dorothy, let's let loose a little with some of our favorite gay moments from The Golden Girls, AFTER THE JUMP

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News: Aurora, Bieber's Blunt, Catholic Hate Group Petition, NZ

1NewsIcon Did you get a chance to see Betty White on The Tonight Show this week?

Maloney1NewsIcon Oh, look, it's anti-gay GOP House Speaker John Boehner with the new gay Congressmen Sean Patrick Maloney and Mark Pocan and their lovely husbands and families.

1NewsIcon There's currently a We the People petition demanding the White House to designate the Catholic Church a hate group because of Pope Benedict's repeated denunciations of gay people. Less than 2,000 have signed said petition, which was posted on Christmas.

1NewsIcon From NBC News: "The U.S. Supreme Court is set to tackle gay marriage in a matter of months, but legislative action this week in Rhode Island and Illinois shows that supporters aren't in wait-and-see mode. Buoyed by ballot victories in four states in November, they're now on the offensive in two more; wins would mean that more than 20 percent of Americans live in places that have approved same-sex marriage."

1NewsIcon Could the Supreme Court decision on marriage equality cases be 3-3-3, not 5-4? "Say, for example, that three justices vote to reverse on the merits, three vote to affirm based on the 9th Circuit's opinion, and three vote to dismiss the appeal on jurisdictional grounds. In that case, I would argue, Proposition 8 is dead and same-sex marriage is once again available and recognized in California. The result would be a brief per curiam explaining the disposition of votes, and at least three separate opinions – maybe even more than that – to chart the outcome. No national precedent would be set in such a case."

Soccer1NewsIcon Are fans, not players, to blame for keeping European soccer players in the closet? From The Telegraph: "Part of football's appeal is its unreconstructed, largely masculine, largely working-class attitudes. It is easy to imagine that a gay footballer would dread the reaction at away grounds were he to come out."

1NewsIcon Almost 54% of New Zealand voters support marriage equality, according to a new poll. Only 38.1% do not. Meanwhile, with regard to the always controversial right to die question, about 60% believe a terminally ill person has the right to request doctor-assisted euthanasia.

1NewsIcon Justin Bieber with a blunt.

1NewsIcon Clueless photo shoot.

1NewsIcon Christians against yoga, one of the easiest and most effective forms of exercise in the world.

1NewsIcon Three people were found dead inside a home in Aurora, Colorado, the site of last summer's deadly movie theater shooting, after local SWAT officials shot a gunman who took them hostage. One hostage escaped and called police, leading to a nearly six-hour stand-off.

1NewsIcon Either because officials thought them inappropriate or because venues backed out, about half-a-dozen gun shows within an hour drive of Newtown, CT, where the Sandy Hook shooting happened last month, have been canceled.

Rictor1NewsIcon Peter David is the straight author and comic book writer who makes sure gay heroes Rictor and Shatterstar are prominently featured in the Marvel title X-Factor. Late last year David had a stroke, and he needs your help down the road to recovery.

1NewsIcon Here's Ryan Seacrest running around shirtless in St. Barts.

1NewsIcon Advice to President Obama.

1NewsIcon The return of the Coca-Cola polar bears.


Betty White Talks About Her Meeting with Obama, Gay Marriage

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(official White House photo by Pete Souza)

Here's the most circulated photo of the day. Betty White had a meeting with Obama:

“I didn’t say anything at all,” said White. “He was charming and wonderful and I got a kiss on the cheek.”

White said that Obama extended her an invitation, a follow up to the 90th birthday video that he sent the television star, joking that he didn’t believe she was that age and asking her for her birth certificate.

“I stay away from politics,” said White, declining to tell Speakeasy any specifics about her political views. “That’s everybody’s personal business,” she added, “I’m not that deep or that bright.”

The HuffPost's Chris Harnick spoke with her shortly after the meeting:

Said White: "It was a thrill to be with Mr. Obama, but the big thrill was being with Bo, their dog. He's the cutest guy you've ever seen in your life. I spent a half-hour with him on my lap."

She was also asked about being a gay icon:

Oh! I didn't know I was a gay icon. I get a lot of mail -- but I don't get many bad letters -- but I got a woman the other day that was so upset with me because they said, "How do you feel about the gay marriage thing?" and my answer to that is, "I really don't care with whom you sleep, I just care what kind of a decent human being you are." I figure all the rest of it is your business and not mine. And not hers, incidentally.


Towleroad Guide to the Tube #1044

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Golden Pranks: VIDEO

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Here's a preview for Betty White's Punk'd-style show called Off Their Rockers. It's premiering on the 16th.

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