Referring to the cancellation of Jenner’s show I Am Cait, Midler tweeted, “Now that @IAmCait has been cancelled, will she go back to being Brice? Will Kris take him back? Do I smell a re-wedding?!”
The tweet was quickly deleted but the internet does not forget.
Yes, because being transgender is just a phase? What a vile tweet. Will you go back to being irrelevant?
— Josh Haigh (@joshcharles_21) August 21, 2016
wow a lifetime of fandom gone in a few strokes on a keyboard.
— Indi Yes Really (@IndiYesReally) August 21, 2016
— Annie Wallace (@anniewallace) August 21, 2016
Some fans came to Midler’s defense.
Midler herself later issued an apology of sorts.
DEAR FRIENDS @HRC, WHOM I HAVE ALWAYS SUPPORTED. SORRY LAST TWEET OFFENDED. AN IDLE MUSING. I SEEM TO HAVE MISREAD THE TEMPER OF THE TIMES.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) August 21, 2016
Some of her followers aren’t buying it though.
I'm not really here for a war. But the wording suggests she doesn't really understand why people were hurt
— Caz (@caz_lives) August 21, 2016
By "misread the temper of the times," do you mean you thought society at large was transphobic enough to laugh along with you? @BetteMidler
— Secret Gamer Girl (@SecretGamerGrrl) August 21, 2016
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