Bette Midler apologised for her controversial tweets calling women 'the n-word of the world'

Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty ImagesBette Midler.
  • Bette Midler is being criticised for a recent tweet.
  • “‘Women are the n-word of the world.'” she wrote in reference to a John Lennon and Yoko Ono song of the same name.
  • People think her now-deleted post was insensitive.
  • She has since apologised on Twitter, blaming the Kavanaugh hearings for her original post.
  • “Angrily I tweeted w/o thinking my choice of words would be enraging to black women who doubly suffer, both by being women and by being black,” she wrote. “I am an ally and stand with you; always have. And I apologise.”

Bette Midler is under fire for a now-deleted Twitter post from Thursday.

“‘Women are the n-word of the world.'” she wrote.”Raped, beaten, enslaved, married off, worked like dumb animals; denied education and inheritance; enduring the pain and danger of childbirth and life IN SILENCE for THOUSANDS of years. They are the most disrespected creatures on earth.”

Bette midler tweetBette Midler/TwitterThis post has since been deleted.

The 72-year-old actress’ tweet was an apparent reference to a John Lennon and Yoko Ono song of a similar title.

However, people found Midler’s tweet offensive.

Many are saying her tweet was the definition of white, non-intersectional feminism, meaning that her feminism prioritises “the experiences and voices of cisgender, straight, white women over women of colour, queer women and those who fall outside this narrow identity,” as Julie Zeilinger wrote for Mic.

https://twitter.com/nay_sherell/status/1048116984670371840?ref_src=twsrc^tfw

After facing backlash, Midler tweeted out an apology, saying “this is not about race, this is about the status of women.” She has since deleted this tweet.

Midler apology 1BetteMidler/TwitterShe said it was a reference to the Lennon and Ono song.

Later on Thursday, Midler issued a second apology on Twitter, blaming the Kavanaugh hearings for her original post.

“The too-brief investigation of allegations against Kavanaugh infuriated me,” she said. “Angrily I tweeted [without] thinking my choice of words would be enraging to black women who doubly suffer, both by being women and by being black. I am an ally and stand with you; always have. And I apologise.”

People aren’t impressed with Midler’s second apology either.


A representative for Bette Midler didn’t immediately return INSIDER’s request for comment.

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