This weekend saw the death of a legend: Betty White, the 99-year-old actor, comedian, and star of the hit comedy The Golden Girls, passed away. Not only was Betty known for her acting roles and comedic wit, but she was also recognized for her kind nature, her moral common sense, and her fearlessness in the face of looking a little ridiculous for a laugh. Now, we can relive one such moment by rewatching the sketch where Betty fronted a death metal cover of the Golden Girls theme on SNL.
For those of you who don’t remember, when White hosted Saturday Night Live back in 201o, she was 88 years old — the oldest guest host the show had known in its history. Betty’s role as host had come after a massive petition was launched to have her take over the show for a very special Mother’s Day episode (and for those of you who can’t imagine why, we leave you with this immortal Betty White quote: “Why do people say ‘grow some balls?’ Balls are weak and sensitive. If you wanna be tough, grow a vagina. Those things can take a pounding”).
As you’ll see in the video below, the sketch starts with Andy Sandberg telling White, “Betty, you’ve given us so many wonderful memories over the years — this one’s for you.” The various cast members of SNL then sing Betty a traditional version of the Golden Girls theme. White is delighted, but then says she “likes [her] version better” — and then puts on a ski mask. What ensues is a violent, blood-splattered mosh pit where White whips chains over her heads and humps headbangers to her heart’s content.
Check out the video below:
Everyone at The Pit sends their heart out to Betty’s family, friends, fans and collaborators during what we’re sure is a difficult time.
Words by Chris Krovatin