Bette Midler Responds to Backlash Over Her Transphobic Tweets

“There was no intention of anything exclusionary or transphobic in what I said,” Bette Midler wrote, addressing backlash from a previous tweet that some interpreted as anti-trans

Bette Midler has come under fire on social media after tweeting about the “erasure” of women in the wake of the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn Roe v. Wade, some people have found her comments to be anti-trans as they excluded trans people who need abortion care. 

On Sunday, in what appeared to be a reference to the Roe news, Midler tweeted,

In amongst the usual extreme reaction on Tuesday, in an attempt to provide context to her original tweet, Midler shared a New York Times opinion piece by Pamela Paul on her Twitter account. Paul’s piece argued that “the far right and the far left have found the one thing they can agree on: Women don’t count.”action on Twitter, author Katie Mack summed up the issue with Midler’s tweet, “The term ‘pregnant people’ includes pregnant women & also people who are pregnant but are not women. It doesn’t in any way erase/deny women; it’s just more inclusive. I am a woman. I have friends who are not women but can get pregnant. Language that includes them doesn’t hurt me.”

Anoosha Khan
Anoosha Khan

Anoosha Khan is a film critic and entertainment editor based in the UK. She has been reporting about celebs and movies for WatchinUK for the past year.

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