See you in the the Funny Papers, Kid


Hot breaking last week’s news, Bea Arthur died on Saturday.

Part of my grown-up televisional voraciousness is due to the fact that I wasn’t allowed to watch tv as a kid, so I actually missed out on seeing Ms. Arthur in action, although the few times I saw Golden Girls on Nick at Nite (lodging a spelling protest) I definitely laughed out loud. A lot.

I have so much admiration for the women who give me a wordless refutation to the oft repeated (generally by douchebags) cliche that women, categorically aren’t funny.

Really? Because just off the top of my head I can think of dozens of hilarious women (seriously in no particular order): Bea Arthur, Tina Fey, Amy Poehler, Becki Newton, Dorothy Parker, Lucille Ball, Jennifer Coolidge, Elizabeth Banks, Janeane Garofalo, Molly Shannon, my friend Claire (okay, she’s not famous so maybe this doesn’t count), Amy Sederis, Rachel Maddow, Carol Burnett, Gilda Radnor, Lily Tomlin, Nancy Cartwright, Vanessa L. Williams, Bernedette Peters, Sarah Vowell, Niecy Nash, Judith Light, Jane Austen, Margaret Cho, Kathy Griffin, and this humble blogger, to name but the first two dozen that came to mind.

People who say “Women aren’t funny” are giving us a valuable bit of information about themselves: they don’t believe that women are properly people just as people who say “Mexicans are lazy” have managed to deceive themselves. We are, all of us, worthy of individual evaluation.

So thank you, Bea Arthur for being your wonderful self, for being one of the best in the world men think of as their own.


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One Response to “See you in the the Funny Papers, Kid”

  1. doostyn Says:

    Ladies are funny. I hang out with lots of them, and I demand funny of my broads (gnatalby is clearly part of this group of funny broads).

    If you are a funny broad or some other kind of funny thing, you might enjoy this Bea Arthur gem:

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