Now you guys know I was - and am - distraught about the death of Bea Arthur. I even watched Mame the other day as a tribute (she's the best thing in it). But I still found this pretty funny.
I am (was) friends with Ms Arthur on Facebook. At least, it might have been her. I had a constant argument with a friend of mine, who insisted that it was the real Bea Arthur, and that he "could just tell" when Facebook celebrity profiles are fake or not. Um, ok. So I added the possible-Bea to my friend requests, and around two months later I was accepted. Apparently this was proof that my friend was correct, "because", he said, "no 86 year old woman is going to be on Facebook everyday." I still don't know. However, the fact remains that I was accepted as possible-Bea Arthur's friend, around ten days before she died. Wow, that's sad.
What happens to one's Facebook profile when one dies? If no one else knows your password, I assume it just sits there forever (unless the FB bigwigs have a time limit and delete inactive profiles accordingly). So I went over to Bea Arthur's profile to see if anything was happening there. And this is what I saw:
I hope you can see it (if not, try clicking on the image to see if it comes larger) but the first comment is, "I am sorry you're dead :-(".
Maybe this is the dark humour in me, but I found that absolutely hysterical. I nearly cried with laughter. All the other comments were "RIP, you will be sadly missed" and so on, but "I'm sorry you're dead" just slayed me! Mwahaha. It's so....bizarre to write that on someone's FB page! Someone tell me it's not just me. Please.
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