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Bette Midler Responds to Backlash Over Trans-Inclusive Language

Bette Midler – who caused outrage on Sunday after tweeting about the trans community and the language used to describe it – is now hitting back at critics of the tweet.

The tweet – which read: “WOMEN OF THE WORLD! We are being deprived of our rights to our bodies, our lives and even our names!”

“They don’t call us ‘women’ anymore; They call us “birth people” or “menstruators” and even “people with vaginas!” Don’t let them erase you! Every person on earth owes you one,” the tweet continued.

That now viral tweet has received over 102,000 likes and nearly 21,000 comments, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

“As a woman without a womb, I support inclusive language to normalize that trans men also need reproductive healthcare [anatomy]. We are all fighting the same battle.” said one user.

“Don’t do that, Bette. “Birthing people” is language used to ensure we are not excluding transgender comrades. It doesn’t erase women at all.” pleaded another.

Some of the more extreme comments have compared the 76-year-old “Hocus Pocus” star to a “TERF” — trans-exclusive radical feminist — like “Harry Potter” author JK Rowling.

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The outrage at the First Wives Club star comes as several states have begun restricting healthcare for transgender people.
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Midler, 76, tried to clarify her tweet by reposting an article from The New York Times.
Midler, 76, tried to clarify her tweet by reposting an article from The New York Times.

Midler’s tweet appeared to come in response to the Supreme Court’s decision to dismiss the landmark Roe v. pick up calf.

The outrage at the First Wives Club star comes as several states have begun restricting healthcare for transgender people.

Midler took to Twitter again Tuesday to clarify her tweet.

The now-viral tweet has garnered over 102,000 likes and nearly 21,000 comments.
The now-viral tweet has garnered over 102,000 likes and nearly 21,000 comments.

The Beaches star retweeted a New York Times opinion piece and wrote:

“PEOPLE OF THE WORLD! My tweet about women was in response to this fascinating and well-written article in the July 3 NYT. There was no intention of being anything exclusionary or transphobic in what I said; that’s the point Not.”

https://nypost.com/2022/07/06/bette-midler-responds-to-backlash-over-trans-inclusive-language/ Bette Midler Responds to Backlash Over Trans-Inclusive Language

Emma Bowman

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