After the death of Betty White on Dec. 31, 2021, internet users enthusiastically posted what appeared to be a photo of the television icon sticking up her middle finger for the cameras, in a gesture of mischief and defiance:
In reality, though, it was a fake. In June 2009, White made the “rock on” hand gesture while appearing on the “#1 Countdown” show on the music TV network Fuse. That picture can be viewed in its proper, original context, via the website of the Getty photographic agency:
Whoever created the “bird” versions simply applied some digital editing to White’s hand.
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Sources:“Actress Betty White Visits Fuse’s ‘No. 1 Countdown’ at Fuse Studios…” Getty Images, https://www.gettyimages.com/detail/news-photo/actress-betty-white-visits-fuses-no-1-countdown-at-fuse-news-photo/88433782. Accessed 5 Jan. 2022.“Betty White, TV’s Golden Girl, Dies at 99.” AP NEWS, 31 Dec. 2021, https://apnews.com/article/betty-white-dead-2954b57e571cffaba32b3983b1bbc7f9.