Bette Midler Responds To Backlash Over Tweets About ‘erasing’ women – The Hollywood Reporter

Bette Midler has come under fire on social media after she tweeted about “erasing” women in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the case. Roe v. Wadecomments that some people have experienced as transphobic.

On Sunday, in what appeared to be a reference to the roe news, Midler tweeted, „WOMEN OF THE WORLD! We are being stripped of our rights to our bodies, our lives, and even our name! They don’t call us “women” anymore; they call us ‘births’ or ‘menstruators’, and even ‘people with vaginas’! Don’t let them erase you! Every person on earth owes you something!”

The tweet sparked a storm of controversy and garnered more than 20,000 responses, a significant number of whom criticized Midler for using language some consider anti-trans because it excludes transgender people in need of abortion care. The more extreme reaction caused some users to accuse Midler of being a “TERF” or trans-exclusionary reactionary feminist, an epithet that has been used against JK Rowling. Some even came up with the idea of ​​boycotting the next one Hocus Pocus sequel to Disney+, in which Midler reprises her role as Winifred.

Among the usual extreme reactions on Twitter, author Katie Mack summed up the issue with Midler’s tweet: “The term ‘pregnant people’ includes pregnant women and also people who are pregnant but are not women. It does not erase/deny women in any way; it’s just more inclusive. I am a woman. I have friends who are not women, but who can get pregnant. Language in which they appear does not hurt me.”

The backlash against Midler comes at a time when some states want to limit health care for transgender people. In February, Texas Governor Gregg Abbott ordered state health authorities to begin screening parents who have their transgender children undergo gender-confirming surgery. Abbott described such operations as “child abuse.”

On Tuesday, in an effort to give context to her original tweet, Midler shared a New York Times Op-Ed by Pamela Paul on her Twitter account. Paul’s piece argued that “the far right and far left have found the one thing they can agree on: women don’t count.”

When sharing the link, Midler tweeted, “MEN OF THE WORLD! My tweet about women was in response to this fascinating and well-written piece in the NYT on July 3. There was no exclusion or transphobic intent in what I said; that’s not what it was about.”

She continued: “It was about the same old shit that women – ALL WOMEN – have been dealing with since the cavemen. Even then, men got the highest bill. †

The Hollywood Reporter has reached out to Midler’s representatives for comment.

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