Actress Bette Midler was forced to apologize after using a racial epithet to frame women as victims in the wake of the accusations that have been lodged against Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Drama might be a strong suit of The Wind Beneath My Wings actress, but getting her point across without acting like a bumbling idiot is not.
“‘Women, are the n-word of the world,’” Midler 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.”
It didn’t take long for Midler to feel the heat from her wildly inappropriate tweet.
BLACK WOMEN EXIST BETTE
— Franchesca Ramsey (@chescaleigh) October 5, 2018
She ended up deleting it after being confronted for dismissing the struggles of both African-American men and women. The actress decided to blame her stupid and racist faux pas on the FBI having too short of an investigation into the allegations of sexual assault launched against Brett Kavanaugh.
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
Midler was trying to quote John Lennon and Yoko Ono’s song “Women Are the N-Word Of The World,” but the poorly known song didn’t resonate with most people and her tweet wasn’t appropriate to those who know the song. It’s also important to point out that Bette is fortunate that she isn’t a Republican. Roseanne Barr learned the hard way that an inflammatory tweet can cost someone their entire career. If a Republican actress tried to use such rhetoric, she would likely face being blacklisted.
Bette hasn’t had a lot of luck on Twitter. Last year, she was panned for not understanding that homicides were different than being shot. Her ignorant tweet is below:
Trump says that 4000 people were shot in Chicago in 2016. Chicago Tribune says 2016 ended with 762 homicides. https://t.co/f0AoJBDexV
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) March 1, 2017
She was so upset about something Donald Trump said that she ended up highlighting her own ignorance. This time, she doubled down by throwing some racism into the mix.