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Bette Midler hits back at critics over ‘transphobic’ tweet: ‘There was no intention of doing anything exclusive’

Bette Midler said in her widely criticized tweet that “it was not intended” to be “transphobic”.

That mumbo jumbo Star was recently slammed by fans for a tweet many said demonized trans people.

Midler wrote on Twitter: “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 wipe you out! Every person on earth owes you something.”

Many people, including actress and presenter Siobhán McSweeney and comedian and author Shaparak Khorsandi, called out Midler for her post, which was widely considered “transphobic.”

The 76-year-old has since responded to the criticism in a tweet posted on Wednesday (July 6).

“PEOPLE OF THE WORLD! My tweet about women was in response to this fascinating and well-written article in the NYT on July 3,” Midler wrote alongside a link to the New York Times Opinion piece entitled: “The far right and the far left agree on one thing: women don’t count.”

Midler continued, “It was not my intention to see anything exclusive or transphobic in what I said; it wasn’t about that.”

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She said that her original tweet was “about the same old shit women – ALL WOMEN – that they’ve had to endure since the cavemen. Even then, men were getting top billing.”

The actor said: “For as long as I can remember I have fought for marginalized people. However, if you want to dismiss my 60-year proven love and concern over a tweet that inadvertently upset the very people I’ve always supported and adored, so be it.

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“But the truth is that democracy is slipping through our fingers! I am trying to save democracy for ALL PEOPLE. We must unite because if you weren’t paying attention, divided we will definitely fall.”

Midler’s testimony comes after the US Supreme Court ruled in favor of a Mississippi law banning abortions at 15 weeks gestation while overturning important precedents set by the 1973 decision Deer vs Wade.

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JOE HERNANDEZ

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