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Bette Midler criticized for 'blackground' tweet

Posted at 9:18 AM, Jul 26, 2019

Bette Midler is again being accused of posting a racist tweet.

The legendary singer and actress is well known for being a critic of President Donald Trump.

On Wednesday she tweeted an image showing a group of black people seen in the crowd at a Trump rally.

"Look, there are African American men in this shot!," Midler tweeted. "How much did he pay them to be "blackground"?"

The tweet drew backlash -- especially from the right.

"This is one of the most racist, degrading 'jokes' I've seen on Twitter & that's saying a lot," actress Kirstie Alley tweeted. "We get it Bette, you hate Trump & that's your right but to imply Black men have to be PAID to celebrate their OWN political views is pure and REAL racism. And "BLACKGROUND"?? WTF??!!"

CNN has reached out to reps for Midler for comment.

In October, Midler was slammed for tweeting "Women, are the n-word of the world. Raped, beaten, enslaved, married off, worked like dumb animals; denied education and inheritance; enduring the pain and danger of childbirth and life IN SILENCE for THOUSANDS of years They are the most disrespected creatures on earth."

The tweet was deleted and she apologized, tweeting "The too brief investigation of allegations against (Brett) Kavanaugh infuriated me."

"Angrily I tweeted w/o thinking my choice of words would be enraging to black women who doubly suffer, both by being women and by being black," Midler wrote. "I am an ally and stand with you; always have. And I apologize."