Like many of you, I’ve been trundling through YouTube this past weekend watching clips of Bea Arthur’s best moments from All in the Family, Maude, The Golden Girls, and Broadway. But the one below easily takes the prize for the most wonderfully strange video I’ve seen this year, Bea Arthur-related or otherwise.
Watching it is like entering some gay bizarro meta-verse where carefree socialites harmonically chortle about amyl nitrate, and U.S. television networks broadcast it into your home. Except evidently at one brief, brilliantly weird point in history, this world actually existed. It’s but one more example of just how singular a figure Bea Arthur cut into the pop culture firmament, and why she’ll be so deeply missed. What do you make of it, PopWatchers?