Apparently, Rufus Wainwright has told this story for years, but this is the first time I’ve heard it and it’s never too late to hear one of the reasons for why Bea Arthur will forever be our Patron Saint of Bitchiness. During a time in Rufus’ life when he was trapped in a black cloud of loneliness, the only thing that gave him life was watching episodes of The Golden Girls. Just like every good gay, Rufus considers Rue, Estelle, Bea and Betty his four apostles. So many years later, Rufus saw Bea at a party and had to thank her for being a friend. Sometimes when you meet one of your idols, you walk away with the taste of disappointment in your mouth, but that didn’t happen to Rufus. Rufus walked away with the feeling of knowing what it’s like to be slapped down by a GOD! This is how Rufus’ moment with Bea went:
Rufus: “I’m sorry to bother you, and I’m sure you hear this all the time, but I was going through a rough patch and Golden Girls brought me so much entertainment and comfort. It really helped me get through the bad spell.You’re so wonderful. You made me feel like you’re my grandmother.”
Bea: *gently leans into his ear* “I’m not your fucking grandmother.” *throws scarf over shoulder, arches back and exits stage left*
Getting bitched out by Bea Arthur is like Jesus himself putting his hand on your forehead to rebuke the evil spirits out of you. How Rufus survived that is beyond me. If Bea Arthur put the word “motherfucker” in my ear, I would’ve called the tombstone store and told them to etch “Bitch Died Happy” into my peen-shaped headstone before falling on the floor to die. You’ve unlocked every achievement and won the game of life when Bea Arthur curses you out.