It was only a matter of time before members of the politically correct progressive movement would begin to turn on their own. It's happening, and the frenzy over the Kavanaugh nomination appears to be at the heart of it.

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Fox News reports ultra-liberal Bette Midler is under fire for suggesting in a tweet that "women are the n-word of the world" and the “most disrespected creatures on earth.” The Divine One has reason to complain? Oh please!

Midler's now-deleted tweet came quickly under attack by even more progressive progressives.

“Fact: Many white women-owned/abused slaves right along with their husbands. Ever seen a lynching picture? Guess what you don't see: White women crying. Respect American History.”

Midler pushed back with another now-deleted tweet:

“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,” Midler tweeted, according to a screenshot captured by the Post. “It rang true, 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.”

That tweet was followed by this:

“I see you have decided to double-down on this insensitive, ridiculous madness … Your privilege is showing!” - Ohio state Sen. Nina Turner

Midler deleted her previous tweets and issued an apology:

“Angrily I tweeted w/o [without] thinking my choice of words would be enraging to black women who doubly suffer, both by being women and by being black,” Midler said. “I am an ally and stand with you; always have. And I apologize.”

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What Midler was referring to was a song written by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, "Woman Is The N-word Of The World," that was included on their 1972 album Some Time In New York City.

The problem with political correctness is that someone is always offended. Midler was attempting to make a case for women, but in doing so offended others. You can't win.

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Certainly, Midler's reference to the n-word was shortsighted and ill-advised. But the subsequent attack on her for being white just goes to show that even among dissenters, there is dissension. When you play identity politics, as my friends to the left like to do, there is a good chance you'll wind up stepping on someone's sensitive toes.

Barry Richard is the host of The Barry Richard Show on 1420 WBSM New Bedford. He can be heard weekdays from noon to 3 p.m. Contact him at and follow him on Twitter @BarryJRichard58. The opinions expressed in this commentary are solely those of the author. 

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