Bette Midler is on a tough losing streak. Coming hot off of her declaration that Twitter should just ban Donald Trump entirely from the platform (running contrary to those who sued to have his account opened to all) The Declined Miss M has moved on to her next cause — shaming sexual assault victims!
What provoked Bette was the story in The New Yorker about Al Franken regretting his resignation from the Senate over sexual assault charges. The story was written by Jane Mayer, who was behind some of the false testimonials in the Brett Kavanaugh hearings.
Mayer does a 180 in ethics. After calling a number of women with accusations which had zero merits about Kavanaugh’s involvement “credible witnesses”, she decided to go after Franken’s main accuser and pick apart her very valid testimony. That’s because it is a Democrat who is involved. As a result Bette Midler felt the need to wade into the issue. Correction: she decided to do a cannon-ball into the issue.
#LeeAnnTweeden, #AlFrankens accuser, in all her right wing glory. Al was forced to resign, without anything resembling due process, amid HER allegations that something “untoward” happened between them. Read about it in @thenewyorker.https://t.co/FFH2VwfseG
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) July 22, 2019
This – tweet – is – a – marvel!!!
How many social violations does she cram into one tweet here?! Let’s see, we have victim-shaming, victim-blaming, removing her agency as a strong woman, acting the prude, and a refusal to “believe all women”, and protecting of a predatory male. Why not also club a baby seal while at it?!
Okay, well — that was fun while it lasted, but now the #MeToo movement has become dead in the water. In a remarkably short time, we have gone from “believe all women” to the decades-old standard that “some tarts have it coming because of their short skirts”.
Bette’s fans were no more reasoned in their support of the starlet’s position here, essentially doing the job of digging the hole for Ms. Midler.
This just makes me mad.?
Al Frankens was a good guy that got dragged through the mud over this woman/porn star ?? ?
Ugh…I give up !!! ?
— Donna Elosser (@ElosserDonna) July 22, 2019
Ummm, are you actually taking the position that a man should not answer for his actions because it was aa porn star who was involved? Seems to run contrary to the years of Stormy Daniels headlines, no?
You couldn't ask for a better illustration of the double standard that allows Republicans to get away with murder and depravity while Democrats routinely dispatch their best and brightest on the say so of partisan hacks. Yes, we're better people but we need to get real about this
— (((Jesper Weigner))) (@jespernweigner) July 22, 2019
Republicans…getting away with things. When did this start, exactly?
Bette does her homework! Im hoping Franken runs to get his seat back & wins. With the Orange Groper still roaming free AND squatting in the WH, Al didnt deserve what happened. Long overdue for Orange to be held accountable. #SenatorAl2020
— Stevenson Armando (@StevensonArman3) July 22, 2019
Actually, Bette skimmed an article. Why did Al not deserve what happened, when there were numerous women who came forward with credible allegations? Also, he admitted he was wrong.
— Dana Adams (@DanaEA24) July 22, 2019
The leftist activists have been calling men guilty and delivering punishments without due process over sex assault allegations for years. They were warned this was a bad precedent. But NOW it is only a problem when a dear elected official is ensnared. Plus — again, he admitted to the actions.
Al Franken was set up by this ho & @seanhannity.
Franken was 1 of our best senators. Remember Jeff Sessions committed perjury while Franken was questioning him?
Any wonder the chief propagandist at @FoxNews wanted Franken gone?
— Scarlet Fever (@cajunsicily) July 23, 2019
Okay, it is now acceptable to demean a woman because she dared come forward with a story of routine misbehavior by Franken. Well, it was more than “this ho”. Franken had FOUR women saying they were on the receiving end of inappropriate touching. Franken himself said, “I feel terribly that I’ve made some women feel badly and for that I am so sorry.”
So much for the “set up”.
Democrats are nerds that insist on playing by the rules. Franken was kicked out of the Democratic Party because of a bad picture that rolled into faux outrage. Time for the Dems to grow a backbone or don’t bother in 2020
— Vetter (@KVett7) July 23, 2019
He wrote that. “Democrats insist on playing by the rules”. I mean, it is inside one tweet, but I get no sense of irony from the context clues. But let’s see them trot out this agenda of victim-shaming in the next election.
That should really resonate in 2020!