Known for her naïve, but iconic role as Rose Nyland on the “The Golden Girls,” 92-year-old TV legend Betty White recently defended the gay community in an interview with Larry King on “Larry King Now.” As Gay Star News reports on April 24, the “Hot In Cleveland” star doesn’t understand homophobes or why they care so much about what people do behind closed doors.
White is the latest celebrity to speak out on the issue. Responding to a question from a viewer who asked what White thought about the influence of the gay community on her career and the advancement of gay rights, the actress answered that she doesn’t understand the motivation of those opposed to marriage equality and told King, “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.”
Known as a gay icon, “The Golden Girls” star first voiced her support for issues like same-sex marriage back in 2010. In an interview with Parade, the actress expressed her thoughts on the issue and why everyone should have the right to say “I Do.”
“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.”
The six-time Emmy winner also said that her character on “The Golden Girls” is a role she would like to be remembered by. The show, which also starred the late Bea Arthur, Rue McClanahan and Estelle Getty, had a huge gay following during its seven years on the air and continues to have a huge following years later on syndication. As the only living actress from the iconic cast, White has never let her stardom get to her head.
She mentions in the interview how lucky she is to have worked so long in the industry and have three iconic roles in her career. Not only is she know for her role in “The Golden Girls”, she is also know for her role in “The Mary Tyler Moore Show” as the man hungry Sue Ann Nivens and for her ole in the 1951 television series “Life With Elizabeth.”