Betty White is so many things to so many people -- Golden Girl, champion of fauna, unapologetic vodka drinker -- and to the tweeting Internet, the 94-year-old veteran actor and comedian's survival is a top priority for the last days of 2016, a year that's already taken Carrie Fisher, Prince, and David Bowie. To ensure nothing bad happens to White, Demetrios Hrysikos of Spartanburg, South Carolina, has gone so far as to set up a GoFundMe page to "protect Betty White" for the remainder of the year.
"Help 2016 catch these hands if it goes anywhere near Betty White!" Hrysikos writes. "If she's okay with it, I will fly to wherever Betty White is and keep her safe till Jan. 1, 2017." As of publication, he's raised $2,700.
At first blush, the whole thing sounds a bit morbid, but to Hrysikos's credit, this fundraiser grew out of the social media chatter of fans clamoring to safeguard one of their favorite comic talents, who's previously been subject to several death hoaxes.