‘Stop Using Our Faith As Your Punchline’: Bette Midler Gets Thrashed Again, This Time For Islamophobia

‘Stop Using Our Faith As Your Punchline’: Bette Midler Gets Thrashed Again, This Time For Islamophobia

Singer Bette Midler landed in hot water — for the second time in two days — when her attempt to insult the United States Supreme Court backfired in spectacular fashion.

Midler has been decrying the Court’s 6-3 decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women’s Health Organization — which included a 5-4 decision overturning landmark abortion cases Roe v. Wade and Planned Parenthood v. Casey — since it was handed down in late June, and Tuesday was no exception.

The tweet that prompted the backlash was a group photo of the court members, with all but the three liberal justices — Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and the since-retired Stephen Breyer — edited to look as though they were part of the Taliban, an Islamic fundamentalist group known for oppressing women.


— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) July 5, 2022

Midler was not the only one to draw that comparison — singer Barbra Streisand referred to the Court as “the American Taliban” after the decision was handed down, and singer Patti LuPone asked, “What is the difference between the Taliban and the Christian Right? I’ll now add the Supreme Court. America is on her knees.”

But shortly after the “Hocus Pocus” star fired off her tweet, critics came for her, asking why she couldn’t complain about the Court without dragging Muslims into the conversation.

“Wow. Bette Midler is on a roll this week. From transphobic to Islamophobic,” Temple University professor Marc Lamont Hill tweeted.

Author Laila Lalami added, “Can’t you people ever fight extremism without being Islamophobic? Muslims aren’t your rhetorical tool.”

“Your friendly local Muslim & lawyer AGAIN reminding you that Islam permits abortion for a variety of reasons & keeps that healthcare decision between a woman & her loved ones & doctor,” Qasim Rashid tweeted. “Stop using our faith as your punchline. Call this for what it is—100% ‘Christian’ nationalism.”

“It’s Christian Nationalism. This is homegrown. No need to denigrate Islam and Muslims for this extremism. Stop making us the pinata and bogeyman please. Also, traditionally, Sharia allows for abortion up to the first 4 months and makes exceptions for the woman’s health,” author Wajahat Ali objected.

“Bette Midler was like ‘well I did transphobia yesterday, so maybe I’ll go with racism today,’” one Twitter user commented.

“Can y’all find a way to critique Christian nationalism without being islamophobic?” another added. “Bette, it’s tired. If you can’t find a way to be ‘liberal’ without throwing minorities under the bus, you are doing it very wrong. Give it a rest.”

Midler was labeled a TERF (Trans-Exclusionary Radical Feminist) on Monday for calling on women to push back against being erased by woke terms like “birthing person.”