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Rue On Obama, Boring Sex

Rue McClanahan’s still going strong. The seventy-two year old has been working steadily since 1970, when she made a brief appearance on the soap opera Another World, then it was on to Mama’s Family and Maude and, of course, The Golden Girls.

Now, seventy-two years young, McClanahan’s lending her talents to the Logo-produced dysfunctional family miniseries Sordid Lives, based on Del Shores’ novel of the same name. Ahead of the show’s July 23rd debut, McClanahan sat down with The New York Blade and proved she’s just as opinionated as ever:

Today, she can’t say enough about Barack Obama.

“This is the damnedest election I’ve ever lived through and Obama is the most amazing candidate I’ve ever bumped into,” McClanahan said. “The man has unshakable integrity. He’s the nearest thing to Lincoln we’ve seen.”

One comparison you won’t find McClanahan endorsing is The Golden Girls being hailed as the original Sex and the City.

“‘The Golden Girls’ has infinitely more substance,” McClanahan says. “I never enjoyed the characters on Sex and the City, and I could never watch it for more than a few minutes.”


Meanwhile, we’ve seen the first two episodes of Sordid Lives and it’s definitely worth a watch, even if just for McClanahan. There’s a promo after that there jump…

On:           Jul 11, 2008
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    • JeffRob

      I want Ms. McClanahan to be my mommy.

      Jul 11, 2008 at 2:20 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Tom

      She always was the smartest one on Golden Girls and her comments just reaffirm that assesment.

      Jul 11, 2008 at 2:38 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

      McClanahan is nice though I don’t agree at all with her comparison of Obama to Lincoln.
      Besides being senators from Illinois there’s absolutely nothing in common between those two neither intellectually or when it comes to virtue.
      But by far the smartest and funniest of the girls was Estelle Getty and she had such a good heart to boot in her personal life, the way she took care of her nephew with Aids just endured her even more to me. It just breaks my heart the unfair way in which she’s living her “Golden” years, inflicted by an awful illness herself.
      Just goes to show how unfair life can be sometimes.

      Jul 11, 2008 at 3:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

      Correction *having both served in Illinois*

      Jul 11, 2008 at 3:06 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Paul Raposo

      She’s right about SATC; crap show favoured by soccer moms who think they’re MILFs and gay men who think they’re MILFs.

      Jul 11, 2008 at 4:11 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • 24play

      It just breaks my heart the unfair way in which Churchill-y’s living her “Golden” years, inflicted by an awful illness: herself.

      Jul 11, 2008 at 5:01 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Jay

      Is Rue Mc-Klan-a-han a carpet muncher? She pretended to like men to collect a paycheck? Just like Rosie O’Donnell and Ellen Degenerate? Wow, thanks for the update.

      Jul 11, 2008 at 5:42 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • emily

      dude, dude, dude. i’m really glad she weighed in on the golden girls/satc debate. for more:

      Jul 11, 2008 at 8:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Charley

      No. I knew a man she constantly fucked and dated. He broke it off, because she demanded the spotlight 24/7, and pushed him in the background. I thought she was more than 72 though. Anyway, she is great, as long as she doesn’t take up religion.

      Jul 11, 2008 at 8:43 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • marcus

      I loved The Golden Girls and I loved Sex and City as well. The human ego is amazing how it needs to slam one thing in order to elevate another. Her need to make derogatory comments about some harmless TV show that millions found enjoyable and entertaining says a lot about her personal character.

      Jul 12, 2008 at 3:45 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • michael

      A few years back when I lived in Nashville Del Shores was the guest of honor, or whatever, at Nashville Pride. He and his boy partner gave a big gay motivational speech after the parade. It made me want to throw up. He lived many years of his adult life married to a woman and had children, then he told how he “came out” and the flood gates of heaven opened for him. He and is twink partner spoke of how fabulous life was for them since coming out. Everything was just a big bed of roses. He touted how he had produced a ground breaking gay TV show, “Queer as Folk” and how his “Sordid Lives” film had just been released and he had just had a commitment ceremony with his new child bride in Malibu. He told a touching story how is Southern Baptist father had blessed his gayness on his deathbed. He sounded like a 2nd rate Hollywood movie. Now I have no problem with people, especially gay people having success in life but the purpose of his speech was to urge people to “come out”. As he proceeded along with his coming out speech and all the promise of a fabulous life, like his, that awaited those who would, I looked around the crowd. I saw guys who bodies and faces were ravaged from living with HIV, probably their reward for coming out in the 80’s, while Mr. Shores was playing Mr.hetero hollywod. I looked at my partner who basically lost his entire family when he came out at 18, how one of his brothers even said he wanted to kill him. I thought of all the people in the crowd who suffered great losses, losses of love, of jobs, of career advancement, of family, because they chose to be true to themselves. I also noticed that the crowd was not impressed by his insensitive condescending, arrogant ,self centered and tacky diatribe Tacky like most of his plays, plays that make fun of southern gay people, like the ones in the audience he was preaching to. So I am happy while the cast of Sex & the City have graduated to block buster movie success that Miss McClanahan has found greater success being part of a horribly tacky, 3rd rate TV series produced by one of Gays most successful coming out stories. How nice for all of us that Shores decided to join our team.

      Jul 12, 2008 at 4:29 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Mr. hand

      Hey Michael, I was at that event in Nashville and your right, he was did go over like a lead balloon. He was doing a lot of preaching to a crowd of people who had a lot more gay life experience than he had. hell he was like 50 at the time and had only been out a couple of years? I don’t know where these “celebrity’s” come off thinking they are some sorta “experts” on how we ought to live our lives after they have come out. Its pretty easy once you have a big fat bank account, can buy a young boy toy and your way into the cream of the community. People like him have no clue of what reality really is and have no business telling others how to live their lives.

      Jul 12, 2008 at 6:23 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Alan down in Florida

      Looks like fun – too bad none of the cable outlets down here in southeast Florida will show it.

      Jul 12, 2008 at 11:22 am · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • jed

      well that looks taxing.

      Jul 12, 2008 at 4:00 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • egrggr

      I loved The Golden Girls and I loved Sex and City as well.
      I saw many people are discussing this on the forum of black dating site called ..blacklatinmeet.com … You may go there to check it if you are interested. Maybe you can meet your life partner there

      Jul 12, 2008 at 8:59 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·
    • Karen

      @marcus: What derogatory remark? She said SHE didn’t care for the characters and that SHE couldn’t watch for more than a few minutes. She didn’t say they were all a bunch of worthless actors that weren’t worth anyone’s time.
      Put some balm on that nerve! :)

      Jun 3, 2010 at 2:32 pm · @ReplyReply to this comment ·

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