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Bette Midler accidentally sets off gender war with just 5 words
June 5, 2017
was tweeting her despair over London
’s latest terror attack
when she accidentally set off a gender war.
The star wrote: “More sorrow and grief at the hands of madmen in London. Men and religion
While she very likely meant ‘men of religion’, that was not how many men took it, with plenty replying to set her straight on the value of men.
But Bette wasn’t the only celebrity copping social media fire for their take on the London tragedy. Will I Am, the singer from the Black Eyed Peas, was mocked on Twitter for apparently confusing Manchester with London during his performance at the One Love concert in Manchester on Saturday night in honour of the victims of the suicide bombing in the northern city earlier this month.
And US President Donald Trump was copping it for taking out of context a tweet by London Mayor Sadiq Kahn after the London attack.
Although Khan declined to respond to Trump, saying he had better things to do, it’s not the first time the US president and his family appear to have deliberately misused Khan’s words.
Following the terror attack in London’s Westminster in March, Trump’s son Donald Trump Jr claimed that Khan, a London-born Muslim, had said that terror attacks “are part and parcel of living in a big city”. What Khan actually said was that preparing for terror attacks was part and parcel of living in a big city
His full comment was: “Part and parcel of living in a great global city is you’ve got to be prepared for these things, you’ve got to be vigilant, you’ve got to support the police doing an incredibly hard job. We must never accept terrorists being successful, we must never accept that terrorists can destroy our life or destroy the way we lead our lives.”
Harry Potter author and keen tweeter JK Rowling was quick to respond to the president’s latest attack on London’s popular mayor.