It’s spooky season, so we’re all supposed to be crowded in front of the TV, watching Bette Midler star in the classic movie Hocus Pocus. Instead, we’re on Twitter, looking like that meme of the fast-blinking white man as we stare at Midler alleging, “women are the N-word of the world.”
The 72-year-old actress quoted the title of John Lennon and Yoko Ono's 1972 song in a now-deleted tweet:
“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.— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) October 4, 2018
Not only does the ignorant tweet diminish the plight of Black people, pit the marginalized against one another and seemingly erase any acknowledgment of Black women's existence, Middler also managed to ooze the worst stenches of white feminism by proposing her people should no longer be treated the same way as Black people are. What happened to the allies?
Many were quick to let ol’ girl know that this AIN’T it.
Sighs...its so disappointing to see you use that quote. Women are highly disrespected - but don't displace the atrocities that were done to black people by using that quote.— Jasmine Y Stephen (@j_yvonnes) October 4, 2018
By your logic, that must make Black women *super* niggers then. Am I right, Bette? 🤔 pic.twitter.com/ngAW7aqXgu— Clarkisha Kent: Steve Rogers’ Widow (@IWriteAllDay_) October 5, 2018
@BetteMidler Please delete this tweet. Women have dealt w/oppression but WOC, specifically Black women have dealt with worse situations than white women. I know you're trying to be an ally but this tweet isn't a glue that will bring us together— Nicholausa and her Salty Sass Train (@nocompliance1) October 5, 2018
no. because black women exist. this is some white feminist bullshit & it’s disappointing af. you don’t get to co-opt a slur created to denigrate black bodies as if we don’t still deal with the consequences of that word. fucking shit @BetteMidler https://t.co/1yRz7MuQN6— Franchesca Ramsey (@chescaleigh) October 5, 2018
It’s October. We only get 31 days so watch Hocus Pocus and Bette Midler decides to show her entire ass today. pic.twitter.com/F9U7JCOtu0— Cassandra (@Croissantra) October 5, 2018
Twitter to Bette Midler right now. pic.twitter.com/eyDxVkXVXo— Kyn🍷 (@kyndallrene) October 5, 2018
White progressives wonder why black people don’t trust us or see us as allies and then white progressives pull shit like Bette Midler just did and honestly if I didn’t know my heart I wouldn’t trust my pasty ass either.— Bi-furious Jay (@jaylikewhoa) October 5, 2018
Black folks loved you in Hocus Pocus too and this is how you do us smh pic.twitter.com/n1bcaSL6Lt— X (@XLNB) October 5, 2018
So many quotes to choose from. It's best to stay away from the ones with an n-word, White people. Again, it's debilitating to have to fight and teach those "on our side" at the same time. @BetteMidler— Angela Nissel (@AngelaNissel) October 5, 2018
It's time to retire that quote. It minimizes racism and is counterproductive to intersectional feminism. The shock value is in NO WAY worth the harm to Black people.— Your J---- M Anon (@JuliusAnonymous) October 5, 2018
Another day, another cancellation.
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
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