Daily Archives: November 22, 2019

The Golden Girls Character Review: Rose Nylund

*I apologize about the delay in posting. For the foreseeable future, some Character Review posts may not be published every Thursday as they have in the past.

*Warning: This post contains spoilers about the characters from the television series The Golden GirlsRead at your own risk if you have not watched the show.

There is something to be said about a well written, human character. They leap off the page and speak to us as if they were right in front of us, as flesh and blood human beings, instead of fictional creations.

In this series of weekly blog posts, I will examine character using the characters from The Golden Girls.  to explore how writers can create fully dimensional, human characters that audiences and readers can relate to.

The dumb blonde has been a reliable character trope for generations. But it takes a smart writer and a smarter actress to take that character trope into new directions. On The Golden Girls, Rose Nylund (Betty White) appears to be the stereotypical dumb blonde. But she is much more than that.

At first glance, Rose appears to be far from the brightest bulb in the box. She says and does things that only a naif would say and do. The stories of her youth often reference her hometown, St. Olaf and the Scandinavian-American family that she was raised in. While she may appear to be a dumb blonde, Rose is much more than the archetype.

A widow whose husband died while they were making love, it takes Rose a few years to get back into the dating world. She is employed in a series of jobs after losing her late husband’s pension. Though she did have a long term relationship with Miles Webber (Harold Gould), the relationship ended after they broke up and Miles married another woman.

To sum it up: It would be easy to characterize Rose as a dumb blonde. But she is so much deeper than the innocent that she appears to be. Rose is empathetic, kind, loving, sensitive and sometimes, not all there. But we love her still, regardless of her lack of intellectual abilities.

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New Randy Rainbow Video-He’s Just a GURL Who’ll QUID PRO QUO! – Randy Rainbow Song Parody

The term “quid pro quo” has been bandied about the press and the voting public since the impeachment proceedings against you know who started last week. In laymen’s terms, it means that one person will do something for another person, but the first person expects something in return.

Randy Rainbow’s latest video is entitled “He’s Just a GURL Who’ll QUID PRO QUO! – Randy Rainbow Song Parody“.

Based on the song “I Cain’t Say No” from the Rogers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma!. The original song is a euphemism describing the sexual blooming of the character of Ado Annie, a young lady with more male attention than she knows what to do with. This is a perfect song to parody how whorish (for lack of a better term) you know who is to stay in office.

I wish I could say that the circus that is the current state of politics will soon be going away. But with a Presidential election less than a year away and a President with autocratic tendencies, this circus will be our political normal for quite some time.

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Flashback Friday-The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014-Present)

For a late-night talk show to succeed, it has to do more than making the audience laugh. It has to give the audience a sense of comfort before they go to bed.

In 2014, comic and SNL alum Jimmy Fallon inherited the mantle of host of The Tonight Show. Renamed The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Fallon is the sixth host in a storied line of legendary late-night TV hosts. Following the standard format of opening with a monologue with perhaps a skit and a series of celebrity interviews, this program continues the legacy that started in 1954.

Though I am rarely awake when this program airs, I find myself enjoying it when I am awake. As a host, Fallon comes off as personable, friendly and entertaining.

I recommend it.

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