Bette Midler has apologized after her controversial “women, are the n-word of the world” tweet was met with mass public backlash.
In the now-deleted tweet, the “Hocus Pocus” star followed the problematic quote by explaining the prejudices women face, writing, “Raped, beaten, enslaved, married off, worked like dumb animals… They are the most disrespected creatures on earth.”
The negative reaction to Midler’s tweet came in thick and fast, with many pointing out the issues of the “tone-deaf” comparison.
Midler doubled down on her stance in another since-deleted tweet, stating that the quote was originally by Yoko Ono.
In 1972, Ono and John Lennon released a song titled “Woman Is The N-Word of The World”, which stirred up similar controversy at the time for the same reasons many find Midler’s tweet offensive.
Midler’s defence only caused more outrage. Many Twitter users tried to point out that the history of white women can’t be compared to the history of racism and systematic oppression faced by black women.
Eventually, Midler deleted both tweets and offered an apology, explaining that she was “infuriated” by the “too brief” Brett Kavanaugh investigation:
The reaction to the apology was mixed; while some were willing to accept, others didn’t think it was enough.