Liberal actress Bette Midler offered a bizarre appraisal of how women are treated in society, but her comparison to the plight of blacks got even liberals angry at her.
"The most disrespected creatures on earth."
“Women, are the n-word of the world," Midler tweeted, which is the controversial title of a song by Yoko Ono and John Lennon.
"Raped, beaten," she continued, "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."
"Never. This. Comparison. Ever."
The sentiment received thousands of retweets and "likes," but others found it too abrasive in the use of a racial epithet.
"What in the unholy hell?" responded professor Nina Turner.
"[Bette Midler] this right here is unacceptable and unbelievable," she added. "Black-folks were chattel for 250 years on this soil. Innate humanity denied generation after generation. In 2019, it will be 400 yrs since the first 20 Africans were forced here. Don’t ever!"
"No. A million times no," responded Julia Peacock, a Democratic candidate for California's U.S. House seat.
No. A million times no. Good lord, when will we stop pretending we don’t have privilege? My skin is white; doors open for me that WILL NEVER OPEN for WOC. Stop, stop, stop. Never. This. Comparison. Ever.— Julia Peacock (@peacock4ca42) October 5, 2018
"Good lord, when will we stop pretending we don’t have privilege?" she asked. "My skin is white; doors open for me that WILL NEVER OPEN for WOC. Stop, stop, stop. Never. This. Comparison. Ever."
"Just no. Horribly offensive." said African American studies professor Imani Perry.
Writer Franchesca Ramsey said, "this reads like 'stop treating white women like n-words! it’s not fair!'"
Midler has been a vocal and vehement critic of President Donald Trump, especially on feminism and women's issues. In 2017, she compared the Republican Obamacare replacement bill to Syrian dictator Bashar al-Assad gassing his own people to death.