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Betty White on her popularity with gays: “I think the gay community seems to like old ladies, they always have.” I’ve loved her ever since she was middle-aged tramp Sue Ann Nivens on The Mary Tyler Moore Show, I’m not sure I agree with Betty White on why she is so beloved by the gay community.

“I think the gay community seems to like old ladies, they always have,” she said in a recent interview with WNYC host Leonard Lopate. “And when we were on live with Golden Girls on Saturday night they’d shut down the music, stop the dancing, watch the show, then turn the music and the dancing back on. We were very grateful and they’ve been dear friends.”,0.jpg

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  1. May 10th, 2011 at 1:59 pm
    Mark F. Olson says:

    My comments are in regard to Ms. Betty White’s assumption; ‘Gays tend to like older women.’

    While I will not take issue with her belief; Gays do treat and respect older women in general, I believe she has shorted herself on any number of wonderful qualities she seems to have.  

    1. Yes, I do not know a Gay Man who did not love & appreciate her portrail of ‘Sue Anne Nivens’ on the ‘Mary Tyler Moore Show’.  She, as the character, so often said things Gay Men wanted to be able to say, and do so while being so bold, particularly considering the time period she played Ms. Nivens. 

    2. Yes, for some reason her, wide-eyed, naive character, ‘Rose Nyland’, likewise struck-us as distinctly lovable, especially for those of us who knew of Betty White’s character of the Mary Tyler Moore, Sue Anne; who would never be described as ‘wide-eyed or naive’.  It showcased her ability to create two equally, well-acted characters. Gay people love good actors. 

    3. In addition, Ms. White speaks on tough issues, like Gay Causes, with tenderness and candor rarely seen in Hollywood these days. 

    4. Here is where I think Betty White may have missed another reason The Gay Community so loves her:
    We love our pets like few minorities I know.  Betty White’s advocacy on behalf of Wildlife as well as the Domesticated Animals, pets we so often consider ‘Our Children’, is one of the main reasons I, as a gay man, who has never had the pleasure of meeting her, can say; I LOVE BETTY WHITE!!!!!!!!!

    5. Last but not least, Ms. Betty White has aged-gracefully and beautifully. 

    Mark F. Olson
    Fort Lauderdale, Florida

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