Bette Midler Can’t ‘Hocus Pocus’ Her Way Out of This One
Singer/Actress Bette Midler might want to stay “From a Distance” with social media for a while. She went from the frying pan to the fryer this week with her far-left buddies when she attempted to insult the Supreme Court.
Angry over the Court’s 6-3 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization, the case that included a 5-4 decision overturning Roe v. Wade, she created quite a stir from those who are usually her allies.
Midler sent out a tweet that was a group photo of the Supreme Court members, but all the conservative members were made to look like they were a part of the Taliban.
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) July 5, 2022
Midler wasn’t alone in making this kind of comparison, Barbra Streisand also called the High Court “the American Taliban.”
It wasn’t long before critics came out of the woodwork after Midler. They asked why she couldn’t insult the court with also insulting the Muslim world.
Marc Lamont Hill was one of them. He is a Temple University professor who was fired by CNN for widespread accusations of antisemitism. He wrote, “Wow. Bette Midler is on a roll this week. From transphobic to Islamophobic.”
Hill was addressing a former tweet by Midler that said, “We are being stripped of our rights over our bodies, our lives and even of our name! They don’t call us ‘women’ anymore; they call us ‘birthing people’ or ‘menstruators,’ and even ‘people with vaginas.'”
Author Laila Lalami added, “Can’t you people ever fight extremism without being Islamophobic? Muslims aren’t your rhetorical tool.”
And Qasim Rashid tweeted. “Stop using our faith as your punchline. Call this for what it is—100% ‘Christian’ nationalism.”
Midler responded to the criticism: “I’ve fought for marginalized people for as long as I can remember. Still, if you want to dismiss my 60 years of proven love and concern over a tweet that accidentally angered the very people I have always supported and adored, so be it.”