To start, let's stipulate that Dixie Carter was conservative. She probably would've disagreed with much of what I'd state as kind of obvious, since I'm not religious [this isn't the same as 'atheist' despite what many would say] - I can overlook this because this post is about the character of Julia Sugarbaker. A woman who was annoyingly opinionated, fierce, willing to almost... almost... be rude when it suited her.
But damned if she didn't have some fantastic rants.
So, yes. I love her as a character.
KILLING THE RIGHT PEOPLE ... [as a young gay, scared to death that SEX=DEATH because of the 80's AIDS crisis, this hit home. I wish I could tell the younger folk who never knew the 80's that this was exaggerated. It wasn't. This was the time when suicide seemed like a mercy to our parents, so they wouldn't be faced with the embarrassment of telling friends and family that their kid was a homo. Thank God, Harsens-Rob's family and friends had known all along and didn't react in the way he expected, and was ready to accept. It seems OTT, but it wasn't at the time. People, especially those who'd 'sinned' with whores, mistresses, ect. were more than happy to spit in your face if it allowed them to believe that 'GOD' was punishing you, and they had nuthin' to fear. It was a dark, dark period].
The Night The Lights Went Out In GEORGIA! [You must recite this line as printed. No, just watch it, and from now on, recite it as Julia. And when you hear anyone shaming the overweight, think of her. Plus, also -- always feel free to cut somebody off when they try to squirm out of acknowledging the appalling shit they've just spewed.]
Whatever her personal views, I admire Dixie Carter for being so convincing in her recitation of her lines for her character.