Actress and comedian Bette Midler is apologizing after calling women the "n-word of the world" in a Thursday tweet — even though she initially doubled down on the questionable remarks.
How on earth ... ?
Midler invoked her liberal rage over Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh's hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Sept. 27 during which he vehemently denied Christine Blasey Ford's allegations that he had sexually assaulted her.
Ford also testified on the same day.
In her since-deleted tweet, Midler wrote, "'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."
Midler was pointing to a song written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono with the same title.
In a second since-deleted tweet, Midler tried to explain away her remarks.
She wrote, "I gather I have offended many by by 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."
Let’s not pretend there wasn’t a serious doubling down before this apology.
Before the apology this Tweet basically said I don’t give a %#%^ if you’re offended.👇🏾 pic.twitter.com/YoOfJ37xow
— Bishop Talbert Swan (@TalbertSwan) October 5, 2018
Naturally, her follow-up tweet didn't go over well, either.
Midler's remarks generated tons of backlash — including with her fellow liberals — so she issued an apology, placing the blame squarely on Kavanaugh and the FBI's "too brief" investigation.
"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," she wrote.
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