Girl, What? Bette Midler Called Women The 'N-Word Of The World' And Twitter Ruthlessly Dragged Her

NEW YORK, NY - JUNE 19:  Bette Midler attends the 2017 New York Restoration Project Spring Picnic at Sherman Creek Park on June 19, 2017 in New York City.  (Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)

Girl, What? Bette Midler Called Women The 'N-Word Of The World' And Twitter Ruthlessly Dragged Her

There was also a major gap in her explanation.

Published October 5, 2018

Bette Middler has garnered a reputation, through the years, of expressing polarizing and oftentimes brash opinions on controversial issues.

While her comments are usually heralded as unapologetically liberal despite their tone, her latest seemed to fall flat as she made a bold comment about women being the "N-word of the world" and didn't quite get the response she expected.

In an attempt to get philosophical, the Hocus Pocus star took to Twitter to share her thoughts on rape using the unnecessarily strange analogy.

"'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 child birth and life in SILENCE for THOUSANDS of years. They are the most disrespected creatures on earth," she wrote.

After her words almost instantaneously went viral for justifiable reasons of offense, Midler returned to the scene of the Twitter crime to explain her words and apologize for her delivery.

"I gather I have offended many by my tweet," she wrote. "'Women are the...etc' is a quote by 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."

Seeing as the aforementioned tweet, which has since been deleted, was technically more of an "I don't get why you're mad" dissertation than an apology, she later added the following words:

  1. While the actress credited Yoko Ono as the originator of the quote she claims she holds in such high regard, it was actually Zora Neale Hurston who spoke those words before the former took them as her own. In fact, Hurston, at the time, was speaking specifically about Black women.

    Nevertheless, Twitter didn't let Midler live this one down, and understandably so. See how they dragged her, below:

Written by Moriba Cummings

(Photo by Mike Pont/WireImage)


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