Archie Bunker was an asshole. He was bigoted, close minded, arrogant, ignorant and misogynistic, just to name a few of his characteristics depicted in All in the Family.
However, All in the Family was a pioneer in addressing taboo issues, and for that, even Archie himself should be applauded. Still, I prefer to applaud Bea Arthur for her work in Maude, and for being an all-around general bad ass. While Archie Bunker’s character was necessary to facilitate controversy, Maude attacked it head-on and didn’t require a scapegoat.
Tonight, I’ll tip a glass to Archie, and I’ll tip two to Bea Arthur. I wish I had half of her moxie.