You Cannot Have Betty White, 2016 — Not If This Man Has Anything to Do with It

You Cannot Have Betty White, 2016 — Not If This Man Has Anything to Do with It

A crowdfunding campaign was launched to help keep the legendary actress alive until the new year.

By Laura Rosenfeld

As 2016 comes to a close, many people are saying good riddance to this year. One major reason for that is because of all of the icons we lost, including David Bowie, Alan Rickman, Prince, George Michael, and, most recently, Carrie Fisher. 

But there's one legend the world is not letting 2016 have: Betty White. Well, not if one South Carolina man can help it, at least. 

Following the news of Carrie Fisher's death on Tuesday, a user by the name of Demetrios Hrysikos set up a GoFundMe campaign on Tuesday titled "Help protect Betty White from 2016." The aim of the campaign is to keep the 94-year-old actress alive until January 1, 2017, according to its description. Demetrios said that if Betty is fine with it, he will fly wherever she is in an effort to help protect her. 

The campaign has already raised more than $2,700 (its goal was originally $2,000), as of the time of this writing. In case Betty isn't into the idea of having Demetrios serve as her bodyguard for the last remaining days of 2016, he said he will donate the money to the Spartanburg Little Theatre in Spartanburg, South Carolina "to help craft new stars of stage and screen to carry mantle of the legends that have left is this year." 

Demetrios wasn't the only one worried about Betty passing this year. The Internet banded together to tell the universe, in the form of tweets, that Betty cannot be yet another major celebrity death to occur in 2016 after the news of Carrie Fisher's passing hit.

 

So let us just have this one, universe. Pretty please?

Watch Betty discuss her amazing career on Inside the Actors Studio, below.

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