Bette Midler apologizes for ‘n-word’ feminism tweet

Entertainer Bette Midler came under fire this week after posting a controversial tweet in an effort to support the cause of feminism.

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“Women, are the n-word of the world,” she wrote, paraphrasing a 1972 song by John Lennon and Yoko Ono.

She went on to describe women as “[r]aped, 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.”

That tweet and a followup post a few minutes later were both deleted and replaced several hours later by an apology amid widespread backlash from critics and frustrated fans alike.

“The too brief investigation of allegations against Kavanaugh infuriated me,” she wrote. “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.”

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