Bette Midler is in hot water with fans following a controversial tweet comparing women to ‘the N-word’.
She has issued an apology after sending the tweet, in which she quoted Yoko Ono, but fans haven’t been quick to forgive her. The Hocus Pocus actress said she sent the tweet in a fit of anger over the ‘too brief investigation of allegations against [Brett] Kavanaugh’.
‘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,’ she tweeted amid the backlash.
Bette Midler is in trouble with fans following a misguided tweet comparing women to ‘the N-word’
Her controversial tweet read: ‘Women are the N-word of the world.
‘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 tweet paraphrases the title of a song that appeared on John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s 1972 album, Some Time in New York City. The song was not well received at the time.
Bette’s initial message was deleted shortly after it was sent, but not before pulling in about 8,000 responses — many of which were critical.
In a follow up tweet, the 72-year-old acknowledged that people were offended but stood firm claiming: ‘“Women are the…etc” is a quote from Yoko Ono from 1972, which I never forgot. It rang true then, and it rings true today, whether you like it or not. This is not about race, this is about the status of women; THEIR HISTORY.’
Like the first tweet, Bette’s explanation was deleted shortly after it was posted.
Want to know more about Bette Midler? Keep reading.
Who is Bette Midler?
Bette Midler, born December 1, 1945 in Honolulu, Hawaii, is an actress, producer, singer and songwriter. She started her career in off-Broadway plays before hitting the stage in New York’s Great White Way.
She’s appeared in productions of Fiddler on the Roof and Salvation.
Bette has released 14 studio albums since 1970, with songs like The Rose, Wind Beneath My Wings, and From a Distance, charting.
From 2008 to 2010 she performed a show called Bette Midler: The Showgirl Must Go On at Caesars Palace in Las Vegas, Nevada.
Her acting career took off in 1979. Her first on-screen role was in The Rose, for which she earned a Golden Globe for best actress and an Oscar nomination. Since then, she’s appeared in dozens of films, including Down and Out in Beverly Hills, Beaches, Hocus Pocus, The First Wives Club, The Stepford Wives and Gypsy.
Throughout her lengthy career, Bette has won three Grammy Awards, four Golden Globes, three Emmy Awards, and two Tony Awards.
Recently, she appeared in Hello, Dolly! on Broadway. She led the play and won a Tony for her performance.
Bette is married to Martin von Haselberg and has been since December 1984. The two tied the knot within weeks of meeting one another.
They have a daughter together called Sophie von Haselberg. She’s also an actress.
Bette Midler net worth
According to Celebrity Net Worth, Bette Midler’s net worth is $230 million (£175.5m). She made the majority of her fortune as a film and stage actress and as a musician.
What did Bette Midler say?
Bette Midler came under fire on Twitter after comparing women to ‘the N-word’. She stood firm in a follow-up Tweet, adding that it was a quote from Yoko Ono.
‘Women are the N-word of the world,’ she tweeted.
‘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 doubled down in a tweet sent shortly after the first, saying: ‘I gather I have offended many by my last tweet. “Women are the…etc” is a quote from Yoko Ono from 1972 which I never forgot.
‘It rang true then, and it rings true today, whether you like it or not. This is not about race, this is about the status of women; THEIR HISTORY.’
After thousands of negative responses to both tweets, they were deleted from her account. Screen shots continue to circulate, however.
Bette has issued an apology, saying: ‘The too brief investigation into 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 Twitter
Bette Midler, who has 1.47 million followers on Twitter, is extremely vocal in her disdain toward Donald Trump and his administration on the social media site. She has been quiet since she sent an apology for a tweet comparing women to ‘the N-word’, however.
The legendary actress is no stranger to Twitter drama, though it’s typically not racially charged.
In 2016, Bette made headlines for a Twitter feud with Kim Kardashian that ignited after she threw shade and the mother of three for sharing a nude photo of herself online.
‘Kim Kardashian tweeted a nude selfie today. If Kim wants us to see a part of her we’ve never seen, she’s gonna have to swallow the camera,’ Bette tweeted.
Kim fired back: ‘Hey @BetteMidler I know it’s past your bedtime but if you’re still up and reading this send nudes #justkidding.’
‘I really didn’t want to bring up how you sent me a gift a while back trying to be a fake friend then come at me #dejavu,’ she added.
Bette quipped: ‘[email protected]: I never tried to fake friend you. Looks like anyone can take a selfie but not everyone can take a joke…’
Pink then got involved in the beef, sharing a message that read: ‘Shout out to all the women, across the world, using their brains, their strength, their work ethic, their talent, their “magic” that they were born with, that only they possess. It may not ever bring you as much “attention” or bank notes as using your body, your sex, your tits and a***s, but women like you don’t need that kind of “attention”.
‘In the quiet moments, you will feel something deeper than the fleeting excitement resulting from attention, you will feel something called pride and self-respect. Keep on resisting the urge to cave. You’ll never have to make silly excuses for yourself.’
She later confirmed during an appearance on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen that she was, indeed, throwing shade at Kim.
‘Yeah, I did. Honestly, [Kim] went in on Bette Midler, and if you go in on Bette Midler, you’re going to hear from me,’ she said. ‘You just don’t talk to Bette Midler about anything.’
Some Time In New York City
Bette Midler’s recent tendentious tweet was a paraphrasing of a song by John Legend and Yoko Ono called Woman is the N****r of the World. The single is the opening track off their 1972 album, Some Time In New York City.
The song got very little airplay when it was released due to the largely negative reception it received.
Both John and Yoko repeatedly defended their use of the n-word for the song title, maintaining that it wasn’t meant to slight black people or diminish their suffering.