The Sexist

RIP Bea “Battle-Ax” Arthur

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Now together in the big sassy retirement community in the sky.

Bea Arthur, television feminist icon, died on Saturday at the age of 86. When Bruce Weber's New York Times obit was emailed to subscribers, the headline read, "Bea Arthur, TV Battle-Ax, Dies at 86."

Someone at the NYT must have thought better of sending Arthur off with a "cautionary/derogatory label for a formidable & forbidding woman." Now, the obit's title reads "Bea Arthur, Star of Two TV Comedies, Dies at 86."

I'm glad Bea is still intimidating them all, even in her death.

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