The Golden Girls enjoyed a very talented fan. Rapper/actor DMX loved the 1980s-era sitcom.
That’s according to actress Gabrielle Union, a friend of DMX, who was born Earl Simmons. DMX died Friday, after suffering a massive heart attack a week ago. He was 50.
Union first shared that DMX was a Golden Girls fan four years ago, when she was a guest on the food show, Hot Ones. The two starred in Cradle 2 the Grave, a movie that was released in 2003. Union often was sent to pick up DMX for filming. He had a cranky dog. She was a dog person. The production assistants didn’t want to deal with said dog.
DMX, Union Would Drink, Watch Golden Girls
Union said DMX told her “Gab! Have a drink! I’m gonna watch The Golden Girls! This s–t is funny.”
We agree. Golden Girls, with Blanche, Rose, Dorothy and Sophia, was a hoot. It still is. You can find it on reruns most any time of the day or night. It’s a timeless classic.
DMX and Gabrielle Union would mix some adult beverages and sit back and watch the escapades of three widows and a divorcee living it up in Miami.
“We would have a Heineken and, sometimes, a little Crown, and watch ‘The Golden Girls,’” Union said. “And he would laugh hysterically.”
The Twitter account First We Feast first posted the video clip four years ago.
“Who knew DMX was a Golden Girls stan?”
DMX Fans Discover Tweet After His Death
Because Twitter is forever, fans of DMX rediscovered the Tweet hours after the rapper died.
One wrote: “Golden Girls and a little crown has always been the vibe.”
Another said: “EVERYBODY should love the #GoldenGirls. My grandfather had the DVD collection. That blew my mind that this mechanic-veteran-handyman wanted to know what Blanche, Rose, Sophia and Dorothy were up to. After that, I figured everyone loved that show as much as me.”
There was “YES! EVERYONE in my family LOVES TheGoldenGirls.”
And: “If DMX liking the #GoldenGirls came out during that 8 month stretch of his first two plat ’98 albums he would had gotten roasted! Can you imagine “What these B’s want…’ (’99 There Was X) and he said, “Sophia, Blanche, Dorothy, and Rose. Beatrice, Betty, Estelle, and 3 Rues”
Finally, another DMX fan wrote: “I guess that’s equivalent to me enjoying Seinfeld, Curb Your Enthusiasm and Shameless.
At age 50, DMX could’ve seen the Golden Girls when it first ran from 1985 to 1992. Or, he could’ve rediscovered the show in middle age.
In a story from 2019, the Associated Press pointed out how popular the series still is. University classes study the Golden Girls. There are podcasts devoted to the show. There’s even a cruise ship for vacationing fans of the Golden Girls. The show continues to attract new fans, says series creator Marsha Posner Williams.
“This (series) was a way of showing that even though you might be of a certain age, you’re not dead,” Williams said. “You’re full of life, full of laughter, full of sarcasm and it can be quite joyful.”
“All the issues are so real that they talk about, even though it was 35 years ago.”