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Old 03-27-2018, 03:24 PM   #1
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Default I disagree with Rue's take on Blanche

It bothers me in interviews (or, at least one interview that has been reprinted in more than book about The Golden Girls) Rue says that Blanche "had the least going going on sexually than anybody" and that "even Sophia had more sex than Blanche". She even says "Go back and look" and we'll see this, as if what she's saying is true. This is anything but true. All watching the show does is prove the opposite! lol...there's a reason there are all those slut jokes. I mean for Pete's sake, in "End of the Curse" she slept with 5 different men in one week (Sophia read the names in her diary). Granted she did say that was "a particularly active time" for her, but even for Blanche 5 men in one week does sound like a lot! lol

There are many remarks about the sounds coming from Blanche's room, about Blanche's sexual times with men being interrupted (when the roof caved in and knocked the Zorro mask out of one man's hand, and when another man almost fell off the trapeze on another night, etc.,), and seeing dates of Blanche's coming and going. Not to mention those times when the girls go somewhere and a chorus of men see her and greet her with, "Blanche!" (and occasionally she pretends not to have been to those locales before, but has to admit it when several men come and greet her by name). And there are the cops in the "Monkey Show" episode when one asks to show the junior cop Blanche's room, but then says something like, "Nah, let him discover it for himself one day".

It's pretty amazing someone can be so wrong about their own character. But I guess it's like Deems Taylor says of Tchaikovsky in "Fantasia", "Sometimes an artist can be wrong about their own work".

Maybe she hadn't watched the show in so long and somehow just thought this was how it was? I don't know why she developed that skewed view of Blanche or how she could claim to back it up by telling us to "Go back and look", but it's pretty clear to me Blanche was very promiscuous and obviously had sex with more different men than any of the other girls combined.

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I think Blanche was more talk than walk.
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It bothers me in interviews (or, at least one interview that has been reprinted in more than book about The Golden Girls) Rue says that Blanche "had the least going going on sexually than anybody" and that "even Sophia had more sex than Blanche". She even says "Go back and look" and we'll see this, as if what she's saying is true. This is anything but true. All watching the show does is prove the opposite! lol...there's a reason there are all those slut jokes. I mean for Pete's sake, in "End of the Curse" she slept with 5 different men in one week. Granted she did say that was "a particularly active time" for her, but even for Blanche 5 men in one week does sound like a lot! lol

There are many remarks about the sounds coming from Blanche's room, about Blanche's sexual times with men being interrupted (when the roof caved in and knocked the Zorro mask out of one man's hand, and when another man almost fell off the trapeze on another night, etc.,), and seeing dates of Blanche's coming and going. Not to mention those times when the girls go somewhere and a chorus of men see her and greet her with, "Blanche!" (and occasionally she pretends not to have been to those locales before, but has to admit it when several men come and greet her by name). And there are the cops in the "Monkey Show" episode when one asks to show the junior cop Blanche's room, but then says something like, "Nah, let him discover it for himself one day".

It's pretty amazing someone can be so wrong about their own character. But I guess it's like Deems Taylor says of Tchaikovsky in "Fantasia", "Sometimes an artist can be wrong about their own work".

Maybe she hadn't watched the show in so long and somehow just thought this was how it was? I don't know why she developed that skewed view of Blanche or how she could claim to back it up by telling us to "Go back and look", but it's pretty clear to me Blanche was very promiscuous and obviously had sex with more different men than any of the other girls combined.
Do you mean that Blanche's lovemaking was synonymous with Tchaikovsky's self-assessment of the work, namely that " it was very loud and noisy without artistic merit, obviously written without warmth or love.."
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To a degree, but certainly not how Rue came to think of it. There was too much evidence throughout 7 years that she was very sexually active; sometimes seen, sometimes referenced.
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To a degree, but certainly not how Rue came to think of it. There was too much evidence throughout 7 years that she was very sexually active; sometimes seen, sometimes referenced.
Wasn't that a combination of bluster from the character to get a reaction and the bad continuity from writers facing a deadline more focused on the paycheck than vérité..
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Wasn't that a combination of bluster from the character to get a reaction and the bad continuity from writers facing a deadline more focused on the paycheck than vérité..
But it wasn't always her bluster; her roommates and many, many men in Miami who knew her by name corroborated her promiscuity. And sometimes she corroborated it herself, though some of it was bluster, yes. But I think it's ludicrous to say Blanche "had the least going on sexually" and that "Sophia had more dates than Blanche", lol.
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I never knew Rue said that, but I agree. It's quite obvious that she had lots of men in her life. And I'm not talking about all the bragging she did in between the escapades we saw, and heard confirmed by other people.
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Maybe Rue didn't like the idea of a character she played as being a "slut" so she decided that the character, behind closed doors, didn't have the amount of sex that people thought she did.

I seem to remember the ladies having a discussion about sex and Rose saying something like in her experience people who talk about all the sex they have don't really do it much, and Blanche looked angry, offended, but also maybe like she'd been caught in her lies. That was really the only time I thought that maybe Blanche's known behavior of "dating" many men was meant to look like an act and not the truth of who she was.
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Maybe Rue didn't like the idea of a character she played as being a "slut" so she decided that the character, behind closed doors, didn't have the amount of sex that people thought she did.

I seem to remember the ladies having a discussion about sex and Rose saying something like in her experience people who talk about all the sex they have don't really do it much, and Blanche looked angry, offended, but also maybe like she'd been caught in her lies. That was really the only time I thought that maybe Blanche's known behavior of "dating" many men was meant to look like an act and not the truth of who she was.
Blanche did exaggerate and embellish, she admitted that when she was named as having had the affair with Councilman Gil in that one episode where she denied the affair (which never happened). But she still had sex obviously way more than the other three girls combined; this is obvious just from binge-watching the show and watching for details on this (I've binge-watched the series again recently, currently starting season 7).

I think she exaggerated/embellished the fabulousness and intensity of many of her dates and hook-ups, but she still did have plenty of true enough experiences for good stories.
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