While trying to speak up for women, Bette Midler landed in hot water with many in the African-American community by making an insensitive comment using the n-word.
The iconic singer and activist took to social media to slam Donald Trump and the fact that FBI investigation into Supreme Court nominee Brett Kavanaugh’s sexual assault allegations did not look at testimonies from his former classmates.
Using the 1972 song written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono entitled “Woman Is The N*gger Of The World,” Bette shared a tweet that raised eyebrows.
Bette wrote in part: “…women are the n-word of the world, most disrespected creatures on earth.”
After getting bashed, Bette apologized and rapper and activist Killer Mike shared his thoughts on the racist comment.
Mike stated: “The grain of truth whether it’s there or not regarding women being treated by their male counterparts, it starts with White male European patriarchy. So in terms of the first person oppressed by White male patriarchy […] was going to be person laying next to them. But ultimately, it’s not the type of truth to try to associate yourself with because Black women are treated worse than anyone.”
One person reacted to the story by saying that feminists are taking it too far and it is never appropriate to use a racial slur.
The woman had this to say: “We understood you sis but recognize this mindset is the majority feminism nonsense that we complain about?! That statement alone excluded minority women and made it about how women are treated like n******. Let’s all remember that black people are treated like the n****** of the world. We understand you know a struggle as a woman, but don’t get it twisted, you know not of the struggle of a n*****.”
Another commenter wrote: “But she couldn’t have thought of any other word to use as an example?”
This individual said it is time to forgive Bette because she made a mistake and added: “Alright, I understand all of you upset, but her intentions weren’t to be racist at all. And she apologized when an indecent person wouldn’t have acknowledged their mistake. all of you shouldn’t be mad.”
Politics have a lot of people on edge.