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6.2.13 RIP, Jean Stapleton/Edith Bunker: “I began to get a little educated and became somewhat of an activist.”

Jean Stapleton, Edith Bunker, RIP , The Two-Way : NPR:  “Stapleton said the series uncovered bigotry through humor.  ‘Humor reduces it to nothing,’  she said.”

Stapleton said before she took the Edith Bunker role, she was “apolitical.”

But surrounded by activists in Los Angeles, things changed.

“I began to get a little educated and became somewhat of an activist,” she said.

Her character became an icon of the women’s rights movement. Activists took out an ad calling Edith Bunker a second-class citizen. The series also took on bigotry. Edith was the tolerant one and her husband was the bigot.

In the interview with the archive, Stapleton said the series uncovered bigotry through humor.

“Humor reduces it to nothing,” she said.

via Jean Stapleton, Who Played Edith Bunker, Dies : The Two-Way : NPR.


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