Bette Midler apologizes after 'women are the n-word' tweet sparks outrage
For those of you under 30, Bette Midler is a singer, actress and comedian. She's known for singing Wind Beneath The Wings and starring in movies like Hocus Pocus and The First Wives Club. But you probably know her best from that episode of Seinfeld where George injures Bette during a charity softball game, then her understudy, Gennice, has to take over the role, and everyone in the cast thinks that she hired someone to injure Bette Midler, like how Tanya Harding hired someone to injure rival figure skater Nancy Kerrigan, and then Gennice takes the stage and has a problem with the laces on her boots, just like how Tanya had a problem with her laces at the 1994 Olympics. Man, Seinfeld was great!
Anyway, Bette posted something offensive on Twitter, and no, it wasn't "I hate avocados." Tensions are running high in America this week, due to alleged sexual abuser Brett Kavanaugh getting nominated for Supreme Court Justice. (It's true, Donald Trump only hires "the best people," believe me.) During his alarming testimony, he shouted his innocence, sarcastically parroted Senators' questions - "I don't know, have you?" - and called the allegations a "political hit" by liberals to "get revenge for the Clintons." So, obviously, Kavanaugh has secured the Senate votes needed for confirmation. He just seems so reasonable!
Kavanaugh's likely confirmation has drawn massive protests, including one where actresses Amy Schumer and Emily Ratajkowski were arrested. The bitter, partisan arguments over the nominee have sparked a national conversation about sexual misconduct, and how we treat women in society. Bette joined the resistance by posting a tweet that many found offensive: "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 struck people as tone-deaf, awkwardly equating gender with race. After three hours, Bette deleted her tweet, and tried to explain that it was a reference to the song Woman Is the N****r Of The World, by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. Apparently, John Lennon was in some band called "The Beatles"? Never heard of 'em. Anyway, Bette wrote, "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."
Unfortunately, her apology angered people even more.
Bette responded by tweeting a New Yorker article about the FBI's ridiculously restricted investigation into Kavanaugh, and a second apology.
"The too brief investigation of allegations against Kavanaugh infuriated me," Brett explained. "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."
Twitter users accepted her apology about as well as can be expected.
The lesson is never go full Roseanne on Twitter. Now you know who Bette Midler is, kids!