As the Occupy Wall Street continues to grow and refuses to depart Zuccotti Park, it seems to accumulate allies from the strangest places. The newest celebrity on the Occupy Wall Street bandwagon? Bette Midler, who told Joy Behar on her program today that she was â€œthrilledâ€ to see young people â€œsaying things that have to be said,â€ so much so that she offered to provide portable toilets for the occupiers.
The toilet discussion came about because of protests from the lower Manhattan community that the protesters are sullying the place up. When Behar brought the issue up, Midler suggested the families â€œsend some down because toilets are cheap, porta-potties are cheap.â€ So cheap, in fact, that she offered to send them down herselfâ€“ and tried to get Behar to go halfsies on the donation (Behar refused to be involved in any such plot).
On a serious note, Midler commented that, having lived through the protests of the 1960s, which, for her generation, â€œwas just something that you did,â€ it was inspiring to see young people protesting again. â€œThe point is,â€ despite politics, â€œshe argued, â€œthat they have organized themselves and they are saying things that have to be said.â€ She also chided the right for being â€œso old schoolâ€ as to call the protesters â€œhippiesâ€â€“ â€œfifty years have passed, get a new line than â€˜dirty hippie.â€™â€
Midler also had a few words about Texas governor Rick Perry and his recent questionable comments about President Obamaâ€™s birth certificate. â€œI donâ€™t think Rick Perry is sure of where he was born!â€ she joked.