Bette Midler recently tweeted about the cancelation of I Am Cait, Caitlyn Jenner’s reality show, and people are *not* at all pleased. Why? Because it was seriously transphobic, and just truly uncool. (Like, Bette Midler, we love you so much but oof — this was a tough one to handle.
The (now deleted) transphobic tweet from Bette Midler:
“Now that @IAmCait has been cancelled, will she go back to being Bruce?” the tweet reads. “Will Kris take him back? Do I smell a re-wedding?”
Just…ugh. Mistake #1: promoting the idea that being trans is a phase. Mistake #2: supporting the idea that Caitlyn Jenner is trans because she wanted to get a TV show (which, obviously, supports the idea that being trans isn’t real but is more like, what, a party trick?) Plus the misgendering?! We’re just so uncool with this.
The internet was also totally unhappy with the tweet.
Eventually, Bette Midler apologized for the tweet.
At the end of the day, transphobia does real damage. Risking promoting transphobia to be funny is just not okay considering that comedy is about being creative, not punching down and using old, gross tactics to get laughs.