“Oh, wonderful,” White said. “Are you going to go house to house?”
His reply to her — that they would be performing at local hospitals and orphanages — was as wholesome as the beloved actress and entertainer, who died last week at 99.
Betty White defied racists who wanted to prevent her from featuring a Black tap dancer on her show in 1954, The Washington Post reported.
When encouraged to take Arthur Duncan off the air, White, then in her 30s, said: “I’m sorry, but, you know, he stays,” per the Post.
She also told her critics to “live with it.”
Check out the classic segment below.
When the iconic actress passed away, Twitter users paid homage to her and reminded the world of her fight against racism during the early years of television. One posted stated, Let us not forget that in 1954 Betty White’s show was canceled shortly after receiving backlash for her refusal to cancel Black tap dancer, Arthur Duncan. She extended his airtime instead, and responded to racists with “I’m sorry. Live with it.” Check out some of the reactions below.
We need to put that quote on a shirt
“I’m sorry, Live with it” – Betty White
— Zack I am (@I_Am_Zackk) December 31, 2021
— ✨MissNicole_d_🌟 (@MissNicole_d_) December 31, 2021
One more reason to love and miss her. What a sweetheart!
— PapaGolf11🇺🇸🇨🇦♋ (@Golf11Papa) January 2, 2022
— Wyatt Da Wise (@WisemanWyatt) December 31, 2021
In 1954, Betty White had her own talk/variety show which was quickly cancelled because one of her guests was a Black tap dancer named Arthur Duncan, which offended many White viewers-especially the Southerners. Her response: "I'm sorry. Live with it." Way ahead of her time. 😇 pic.twitter.com/3EUF2GrVd8
— DollEyes4961 (@DollEyes4961) January 4, 2022