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WATCH: The Golden Girls Explain The Difference Between “Gay” And “Queer”

With our ever-changing lexicon, its sometimes hard to stay au courant. So when is it appropriate to call someone “gay” and when do you use “queer”?

We turn to the queen of tact, Golden Girls matriarch Sophia Petrillo, for an explanation. Picture it: Sicily, 1936…

By:           Dan Avery
On:           Oct 9, 2011
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  • 20 Comments
    • otis
      otis

      LOL I always agreed with Sophia! God Bless Her!

      Oct 9, 2011 at 11:40 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Sean
      Sean

      lol that was one of the funniest things I’ve seen in a long time

      Oct 9, 2011 at 11:58 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chris
      Chris

      Great, just great.

      Oct 9, 2011 at 3:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • plazaboy
      plazaboy

      Amen Sophia!

      Oct 9, 2011 at 3:39 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jake the libertarian
      Jake the libertarian

      LOL! Love that!

      Oct 9, 2011 at 7:46 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • dvlaries
      dvlaries

      The show stopped production almost 20 years ago, and yet, come upon any episode now and it’s like a life-long friend knocking on your door.

      Where’s that cheesecake I just bought…

      Oct 9, 2011 at 7:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mark
      Mark

      @dvlaries: You’re right about the friend knocking on the door – I’ve seen every episode who knows how many times, but I never tire of those wonderful ladies.

      Oct 9, 2011 at 8:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Franco
      Franco

      The greatest show. Ever.

      Oct 9, 2011 at 8:16 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • xander
      xander

      Remind me : why don’t they make TV shows like this any more? If LOGO had a half a clue they could find some inspiration from the Golden gals!

      Oct 9, 2011 at 8:33 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • rick mechtly
      rick mechtly

      I found Estelle at an AIDS org fundraiser at Oil Can’s in early ’90s and when I told her that most evenings up in S.Oaks Hospital AIDS unit that most rooms would have their reruns playing on any given evening she grabbed my arm HARD and cried out that I’d just caused her to ruin her makeup with tearing! She was such a trooper -had her pair of comely escorts ferry her all over that bar to meet all !

      Oct 9, 2011 at 10:29 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kenny
      Kenny

      That episode was painful to watch as the character falls victim to the ridiculous notion that she did something wrong as a mother. Make no mistake. The haters want to convey that it’s a choice because then they can oppress the LGBT community & oppress women by attacking their mothering skills. It’s a convenient way to remove women from the workforce, roll back their rights, & leave them once again trapped in a life in which being a housewife is their only option.

      Oct 10, 2011 at 1:23 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Kenny
      Kenny

      I should add there’s nothing wrong with being a housewife, provided it’s the life you chose rather than it being one that society picked for you.

      Oct 10, 2011 at 1:26 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • steve
      steve

      Where to start.. ok here we go

      – Just last week I stumbled across this clip on the net, spooky that I find it here a few days later
      – To answer Queerty’s question… Gay is a term I frequently use whereas queer I hardly ever. I’m more prone to saying ‘camp’
      – This fantastic show was soo far ahead of it’s time… especially for LGTB issues. Just look at Sophia talking to Blanche about her gay brother wanting to get married.
      – @Kenny… I know what you’re saying but keep in mind ‘mother’s guilt’ always runs very far. I’m sure alot of mothers back then at least would feel like they had something to do with it. Poor Mamas

      Oct 10, 2011 at 2:19 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Meowzer
      Meowzer

      I can watch the show at any time and STILL find it hilarious.

      Oct 10, 2011 at 3:54 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Chuck
      Chuck

      I loved Golden Girls long before I knew I was gay. It is so nice to have such a wonderful show connect our community in such personal and common ways. Love it.

      Oct 10, 2011 at 4:12 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • phallus
      phallus

      @ Chuck, That should have been your first clue….

      Oct 10, 2011 at 4:25 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Dave
      Dave

      I watched this show every single week with my Grandma. Still love it. This clip = awesome.

      Oct 10, 2011 at 9:23 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Shannon1981
      Shannon1981

      Forever a Golden Girls fan! Thanks for this clip.

      Oct 10, 2011 at 10:05 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • ewe
      ewe

      Picture it 2011. Judge Judy as a bleached brass Blonde.

      Oct 10, 2011 at 10:36 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Daez
      Daez

      @xander: They do…it is called Hot in Cleveland.

      Oct 11, 2011 at 8:01 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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