Dear Bette Midler…

Dear Bette Midler,

You are an icon. You are a Broadway superstar. You are a multimillionaire white women with privilege, but you are CLUELESS.

Yesterday she tweeted:

“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 Hocus Pocus star claims she was infuriated by the sexual assault allegations against Kavanaugh and angrily tweeted those exact words. I read this tweet and laughed in disgust because she is openly comparing women to the word…nigger. OPENLY! This word has been used countless times to demean African Americans for years. It’s offensive, and it’s distasteful. I can go on and on and on about how this word is traumatizing. This tweet shows her lack of knowledge on racism; it is pure ignorance, and HELLO! Did she forget black women exist on this earth! We have to deal with it on both ends…the struggles on being a woman and being black.

Midler noticed she offended quite a few people and tweeted again, but it still shows her lack of research and compassion.

“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. 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.”

Bette Midler claimed the beginning of her tweet is from Yoko Ono’s quote, which I found out it was from an interview with Nova magazine in 1969. However, if Bette did her research she would have found out that Yoko Ono stole those words from a literary genius, Zora Neal Hurston’s novel, Their Eyes Wear Watching God. In the book, Janie Crawford’s Grandmother says “De nigger woman is de mule uh de world so fur as Ah can see. This describes women’s subservience to men and misogyny across all cultures (1). If Bette Midler knew that, I’m 100% sure she would have never tweeted what she said. Comparing women to the n-word is not the status of women. Yoko Ono didn’t understand it back in the 70’s, and Midler doesn’t realize it now.

This woman claims to be for women’s rights and empowerment. She’s a feminist, but too me she is another example of an oppressor using her white privilege. She doesn’t understand the struggles of black women. Therefore, she felt compelled to compare women to the n-word. It’s sad because I love her as an actress and my favorite movies are First Wives Club and Hocus Pocus. All this does is diminish her quality of work.

My only wish is these so-called feminists to RESEARCH, to have compassion and think before you speak. The goal is not to be offensive. The goal is to seek change and take action to better lives of every single woman and young girls all over the world. Meanwhile, Mrs. Bette Midler should take a college course on African Diaspora so she can gain some history and knowledge of the root of the n-word and to not be so careless and reckless using that word.

I said my peace…thank you for reading. What are your thoughts on this matter?

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Sources:

  1. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Woman_Is_the_Nigger_of_the_World

3 thoughts on “Dear Bette Midler…

  1. This made me so frustrated because her statement completely erases black women and our history. She can keep her feminism if it’s not intersectional. And then to say it’s not about race, but use a racist derogatory term? Very disappointed in her.

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