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Bette Midler courts controversy with n-word tweet

CONTROVERSY: Bette Middler's tweet has been criticised for its erasure of black women

BETTE MIDLER has been criticised after posting a tweet that referred to women as “the n-word” of the world.

The actress published a tweet yesterday which 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 72-year-old then posted a follow up tweet addressing the backlash she had received in response.

She said: “I gather I have offended many 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.”

Midler’s lack of apology further enraged social media users.

One Twitter user said: “Still enraged. Pack up your privileged life. You aren’t one of us and you can’t claim to know our pain from your perch among the one per cent. Solidarity? Which non-famous black women have you mentored, supported or championed with more than just empty platitudes?”

Another commenter said: “Thank you for telling black women how to feel about a trash take that completely erases us. I'm glad to know that you don't see us and our unique struggles as legit, and a part of your ‘non-racial’ appropriation of a racialised and racist term. Or something.”

Some of Midler’s supporters came to her defence and suggested her critics had overreacted.

“Crazy, Bette Midler is an ally. People should really stop jumping to conclusions,” one Twitter user said.

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