Thanks in part to its all-star cast, The Golden Girls is one of the most beloved sitcoms of all time.
Each brought something different to the table from Betty White, Rue McClanahan, Bea Arthur and Estelle Getty.
And the Golden Girls did not shy away from tackling explosive subjects, while the series was known for its humor.
The “Golden Girls” discussed critical subjects and concerns most
The “Golden Girls” are more popular than their social commentaries for the jokes of characters like Arthur’s Dorothy and Getty’s Sophia.
But during the series – and in the numerous spin-offs – there were several times where the show made a point about a specific topic.
A young Mario Lopez made a guest appearance in one episode as the star pupil of Dorothy, who, as it turns out, is an illegal immigrant and is being deported. Blanche Devereaux discovers the painful truth about the Confederate flag in an episode of The Golden Palace spin-off, and vows never to honor the flag or its history again.
Estelle Getty was very distinct from Sophia, her character.
The actress behind the role was much more careful about her choice of words, while Sophia is known for her outspoken nature.
There were several subjects that Getty thought on the show could not be made into jokes, and she was known for not allowing Sophia to go from endearingly sour to outright nasty to her character.
In a 1992 interview, Getty spoke about her position, admitting that there were things she wouldn’t let Sophia say. “I’m a sucker for unnecessary pain,”I’m a sucker for unnecessary pain. “I have a soft spot for using humor to really hurt.”
She went on to describe why making fun of things that were standard punch lines at the time didn’t find it amusing. She said candidly, “Why would I make fun of someone who’s fat or cross-eyed or bald?”
‘The Golden Girls’: Estelle Getty declined to say 1 line
Estelle Getty was an outspoken ally during the ‘Golden Girls’ era for an important cause.
Getty was also a vocal LGBTQ youth spokesperson at a time when there were few celebrities.
As a result, she added that she “wouldn’t make anti-gay jokes,” particularly during the show’s run in light of the AIDS pandemic.
She talked about her relationship with the gay community in a 1989 interview with The Advocate. She said, “I’m tremendously grateful to the gay community,” “They’ve taken me to where I am now.
They found me and were stuck by me, and they were very faithful to me.
That same year, she told the Ludington Daily News, “I’ve been in show business all my life, and most of my friends are gay. I don’t deny that,” “a lot of [her]friends have died of AIDS.” she said.
In the 1980s, when the Golden Girls were on the air, Getty engaged in numerous AIDS memorials and activities. She was also celebrated at the 1987 White Party of AIDS Project Los Angeles and was delighted to be there. “I’m here because I’m here for every good cause, and AIDS is my most important cause right now,”I’m here because I’m here for every good cause and AIDS is my most important cause right now.