Bette Midler had a Roseanne Barr moment on Twitter last night. Apologies have started.

NEW YORK, NY - MAY 29, 2014: Bette Midler attends 13th annual spring picnic for New York Restoration Project fundraising at General Grant National Memorial Riverside ParkPhoto: Shutterstock

Bette Midler has apologized for a tweet that was racially insensitive. The iconic singer, impassioned by the Supreme Court nomination of accused sexual abuser Brett Kavanaugh, sent a now-deleted tweet decrying the plight of women worldwide that included a racial slur.

“Women, are the n-word of the world,” she sent. “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 phrase comes from a 1972 song by John Lennon and Yoko Ono, but in the days of Black Lives Matter, #metoo, and the racial tensions stoked by the Trump administration, the comparison wasn’t as well received.

Midler tried to justify the tweet originally by citing the source, but deleted that response as well when users schooled her on why the phrase was offensive now.

“I gather I have offended many by my last tweet,” she tweeted. “‘Women are the…etc’ is a quote from Yoko Ono from 1972, which I never forgot. It rang true then, 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.”

But she posted an apology shortly after her brief attempt to defend her thoughts, but several users were still angry she attempted to justify the tweet at all. Sadly, many white people tried to excuse Midler’s tweet and had to get schooled by Black Twitter too.

So if anyone out there still has questions about when it’s appropriate or okay for a white person to say or use the n-word, here’s the answer. Never.

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