- 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.”
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.
So first Bette Midler pretends black women don't exist, and then tries to tell us to get out our feelings and that it's not about race when she's literally the one who brought race up??? I guess she doesn't want us to enjoy Hocus Pocus this year… pic.twitter.com/XIFTEJsDlm
— Shanice (@ShaniceDee) October 5, 2018
Yeah go ahead and send this to Bette Midler. pic.twitter.com/zk8oouUsUY
— LoveYourself (@ScottieBeam) October 5, 2018
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.
Did Bette Midler just erase me and millions of black women in the world!? When I tell people that feminism for most white women is just a fight for white women empowerment and not for all women. They think I’m lying. Look at this B.S!!????????????♀️ pic.twitter.com/PZqP4BR6T3
— prechidagmail.com (@prechidagmail) October 5, 2018
IDGAF if Bette Midler, the Riddler, Betty Boop, John Lennon, Yoko Ono or the fucking Man in the Moon said that shit. To "whoa is me" on the backs of the actual "N-words" of the world, namely BLACK WOMEN, is some white feminist/meninist/supremacist asshat bullshit!!! pic.twitter.com/1s65E7J9iC
— Shaunie BAEby ???????????? (@ShaunieBeeGee) October 5, 2018
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.
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. 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. I am an ally and stand with you; always have. And I apologize.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) October 5, 2018
“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.”
Lol. PR team must have got at her https://t.co/5HXuRFIg8S
— Jebediah Spices (@Wheres_Walden_) October 5, 2018
My anger made me be racist. https://t.co/82baFrFMqy
— kat calvin (@KatCalvinLA) October 5, 2018
The problem is that for white women it's often a habit to not think when it comes to Black women. Y'all don't see us as your equals. We are your help or tools of convenience. So offending or erasing us is the norm. https://t.co/g3TcODcm4V
— Shay Stewart Bouley (@blackgirlinmain) October 5, 2018
A representative for Bette Midler didn’t immediately return INSIDER’s request for comment.
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