Bette Midler Apologizes for Tweet Calling Women "the N-word of the World"

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"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," she wrote in an apology for the original tweet.

Bette Midler apologized Friday for a now-deleted tweet in which she called women "the n-word of the world," which she posted on Thursday.

"The too brief investigation of allegations against Kavanaugh infuriated me. 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," she wrote in the apology. "I am an ally and stand with you; always have. And I apologize."

According to Huffington Post, the original tweet read, "Women are the n-word of the world, raped, 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 They are the most disrespected creatures on earth." The tweet was up on Midler's account for three hours before it was deleted.

The original tweet received backlash from Twitter users who pointed out how offensive the original message was.

In another deleted tweet, Midler explained that the controversial phrase was meant to paraphrase a 1972 song by John Lennon and Yoko Ono. “I gather I have offended many by my last tweet. ‘Women are the…etc.’ is a quote from Yoko Ono from 1972, which I never forgot," she wrote. "It rang true then, and it rings true today, whether you like it or not. This is not about race, this is about the status of women; THEIR HISTORY.”