Bette Midler apologizes for n-word tweet, says was angered by Kavanuagh probe
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Bette Midler apologizes for n-word tweet, says was angered by Kavanuagh probe

Entertainer deletes post after explaining she was quoting song written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono as angry response to brief FBI probe into Supreme Court nominee

In this June 11, 2017 file photo, Bette Midler arrives at the Tony Awards in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)
In this June 11, 2017 file photo, Bette Midler arrives at the Tony Awards in New York. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Bette Midler apologized Saturday for a tweet that a caused social media backlash when she compared the struggle of women to the history of racism.

The singer-actress wrote that women “are the n-word of the world” and “They are the most disrespected creatures on earth.” Midler was quoting the title of a 1972 song written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

The original tweet read, “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 comment drew sharp criticism from many who said it erased the atrocities committed against black people and the struggles of black women in particular.

The tweet was deleted after three hours along with a subsequent post in which she tried to explain the use of the n-word.

“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,” she wrote. “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,” she wrote in the since deleted tweet.

She then expressed remorse, saying that she was angered by the brevity of the FBI investigation into claims of sexual assault against US Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh. Midler expressed her regret to black women: “I am an ally and stand with you; always have. And I apologize.”

Times of Israel staff contributed to this report.

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