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Thursday, December 20, 2018

The Divine Miss M has a suggestion for us…

The Democratic Underground
The Divine Miss M has a suggestion for us
December 20, 2018

Bette Midler call Donald Trump

Bette Midler?@BetteMidler

Trump’s 2020 campaign has set up a hotline, asking people to call in and thank Trump for being the greatest president in history. The number is 1-800-684-3043, if you want to call and tell him EXACTLY how grateful you are!

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Thursday, December 13, 2018

Biggest celebrity social media blunders of 2018

Fox
Celebrities are constantly sharing their thoughts on social media, and while for the most part, it’s entertaining for fans, sometimes their posts spark controversy instead.
By Mariah Haas
December 11, 2018

Bette Midler discussing Baby Divine
Lady Tweeters always wear hats, my dear!

Celebrities are constantly sharing their thoughts on social media, and while for the most part, it’s entertaining for fans, sometimes their posts spark controversy instead.

As a result, the stars find themselves facing major backlash.

Here are the ones that had us talking throughout the year:

Kim Kardashian came under fire on Halloween for calling people who didn't recognize her costume the R-word.

Kim Kardashian came under fire on Halloween for calling people who didn’t recognize her costume the R-word. (AP)

Kim Kardashian came under fire on Halloween for calling people who didn’t recognize her costume the R-word. Read More

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Tuesday, July 10, 2018

Bette Midler Hits The Top 10 Of Top Ten Celebrities On Social Media

Hollywood Reporter
Terry Crews Hits No. 1 on Top Actors Social Media Ranking After Senate Speech
9:50 AM 7/7/2018
by Kevin Rutherford

Bette Midler

After speaking in front of the U.S. Senate condemning sexual assault, Terry Crews launches to No. 1 on The Hollywood Reporter’s Top Actors chart dated July 11.

The Top Actors chart is a ranking of the most popular actors on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, YouTube and Google Plus, with global data provided by social media analytics company MVPindex. The chart’s methodology blends social engagement on the platforms along with weekly additions of followers/subscribers. The latest tracking week ended July 3.

Crews, who had only spent one other week on the chart previously (May 23, debuting at No. 15 following the renewal of Brooklyn Nine-Nine, on which he co-stars), re-enters the chart at No. 1, leads Zendaya, Lin-Manuel Miranda, Will Smith and Alyssa Milano in the top five.

Meanwhile, Crews isn’t the only actor to reach the top 10 for the first time, with Bette Midler and Ice Cube ranking at Nos. 6 and 9, respectively.

See the top 10 below (and for the full 25-position list, check out the THR issue dated July 11), and for more charts on The Hollywood Reporter, check out the Top Comedians and Top TV Personalities charts.

10. Jim Carrey

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Last week: 6

9. Ice Cube

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Last week: –

The rapper/actor born O’Shea Jackson makes his THR chart debut (alongside, of course, his seven top 10s as a solo artist on the Billboard 200 albums chart) by snagging 150,000 Facebook post likes and 119,000 shares on the service, both up from insignificant amounts the previous week. His top-performing post celebrated LeBron James’ move to the Los Angeles Lakers for the 2018-2019 NBA season.

8. Ricky Gervais

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Last week: 1

7. Tommy Chong

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Last week: 5

6. Bette Midler

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Last week: 13

After reaching a new chart high (No. 13) on the previous July 4-dated ranking, rises to No. 6 thanks to boosts in all Twitter metrics, including 505,000 Twitter mentions, up 33 percent. The actor/singer’s most-shared posts tended to be about President Donald Trump in some capacity, including a June 28 tweet in which she wrote, “Trump and Putin are meeting in Finland next month. That’s a long way to travel for a blowjob, but hey – Putin’s got the money.”

5. Alyssa Milano

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Last week: 8

4. Will Smith

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Last week: 16

3. Lin-Manuel Miranda

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Last week: 3

2. Zendaya

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Last week: 19

1. Terry Crews

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Last week: –

Crews, who spoke in front of the Senate Judiciary Committee on June 28 about sexual assault (of which he was a victim by a TV executive), tweeted multiple messages of thanks afterward to Joe Biden, Gabrielle Union and more. In all, Crews received 2.2 million Twitter likes and 536,000 retweets.

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Thursday, July 5, 2018

Fans React After Bette Midler Rejoices Over Death of Joe Jackson

Mister D: I’ll be honest and say I’m flummoxed as to what to say here. I could never say something about the dead like this. I have never had anything that made me hate someone even if they did something heinous to me. I always think somebody raised them and taught them that these bad behaviors were somehow some strength. And I must say that I have been in some unspeakable positions where I just wanted to die, but I never could hate. But I’m more of the exception to the rule. So I feel I’m the odd man out. Now with Bette, compared to the familiar public, she probably knew more about the situation and what went on. She traveled somewhat in the same circles as Michael and Janet, and of course, with Quincy Jones. I don’t know if most people know this, but Bette was one, if not the first one, to be called about the We Are The World project (why no solo spot, Quincy?) plus he helped out with getting the sound right for her Vegas gig. She mentioned Quincy in her tweet, so that tells me they know more than what the general public knows. Does that make her right or wrong for calling it out? I think it’s a personal choice. She seemed to want to make a statement, and she very well did, and it looks like she’s not backing down. And I’ve always admired that quality in people. Well, some people. I think I’m more of a case by case kind of guy. And yes, I have taken the side of a Republican or two. I’m fair.

Atlanta Black Star
Fans React After Bette Midler Rejoices Over Death of Joe Jackson
By Kiersten Willis -July 2, 2018,

Joe Jackson, Bette Midler

Singer Bette Midler tweet in celebration of Joe Jackson’s death is drawing different reactions among Twitter users.

The “Wind Beneath My Wings” singer tweeted Saturday, June 30 that the Jackson family patriarch was “a monster who ate his own children.”

“#JoeJackson is d-e-a-d- and Hallelujah!! A monster who ate his own children; like in an old Grecian myth. I hated every minute he lived. All times are strange but this is really beyond the pale. Would Quincy Jones like to weigh in?? Always interested!!!”

Bette Midler
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@BetteMidler
#JoeJackson is d-e-a-d- and Hallelujah!! A monster who ate his own children; like in an old Grecian myth. I hated every minute he lived. All times are strange but this is really beyond the pale. Would Quincy Jones like to weigh in?? Always interested!!!

11:17 PM – Jun 29, 2018
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Sunday, July 1, 2018

Bette Midler accused of homophobia after Trump and Putin joke. Was It? Was It Not? Who Cares? Who Doesn’t?

Mister D: No. I don’t think it was homophobic, but is it crossing the line as being crass? That’s what every individual will have to decide. Now during the height of that fake Russian scandal, gays and straights of every PFlag member were making memes of Putin and Trump in a sordid affair with one another. I think. Finally, some upper echelon gays started thinking, uh-oh, we’re practicing what we continuously preach against, and it slowed down, but kind of never went away because of who the subject was. I mean what better way to get back at him by making him in a gay relationship. I don’t think it’s homophobic, but I do think it’s being used against a man who is supposed as repulsed by gays as Hillary Clinton is. Bette wasn’t making fun of the homo crowd; she was trying to get a laugh out of making Trump uncomfortable. But I’m so secure in myself as a gay man, that I don’t give a shit about any gay jokes that are told. I’m not weak enough to feel like a victim, and I can laugh it off. I believe in the Joan Rivers, George Carlin philosophy. Everything is joke worthy. Not all do. C’est la vie. We don’t need to make a parade out of everything we don’t like. Get over it. Acts of censorship are one more reason why Trump was elected. People are tired of walking on eggshells. Besides, I’ve been around gay people, and they are some of the most judgemental people I’ve ever seen. They make fun of everybody. And it’s funny! So chill out. Know who your real enemies are.

Gay Star News
Bette Midler accused of homophobia after Trump and Putin joke
Do you think this joke was homophobic?
30 June 2018
Joe Morgan

Bette Midler accused of homophobia after Trump and Putin joke

Bette Midler is being accused of homophobia.

The long-time ally and Divine Miss M posted the tweet yesterday about US President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

‘Trump and Putin are meeting in Finland next month,’ she wrote.

‘That’s a long way to travel for a blowjob, but hey — Putin’s got the money.’

Predictably, this caused a wave of hatred against her from Trump fans.

However, many people also questioned her use of homophobic rhetoric.

When two people opposed to gay rights are made out to be gay themselves, it brings the onus back onto the LGBTI community.

Making a joke at the expense of gay sex also suggests you see it as something outrageous or deviant. Others say if you use gay sex as a tool to insult another, it suggests the person doesn’t think of queer people as equal.

Twitter responded:

‘Homophobic insults are OK? Hypocrisy and bigotry. So we know how you really feel,’ one said.

‘I detest Trump, but this is unfunny and homophobic,’ another said.

‘Shame on you for using your platform to enable hatred and bigotry for nothing but scoring a few cheap political points.

This is not a useful way to fight fascism.’

Another said: ‘It’s not OK to be homophobic or transphobic just because the target is a really bad person who does a lot of harm to the LGBT population.’

Even homophobes pointed out that it could have been seen as homophobic.

Others defended Midler, suggesting it was not homophobic at all.

Bette Midler has previously apologized for tweeting transphobia

In 2016, Midler apologized after a transphobic tweet about Caitlyn Jenner.

She posted: ‘Now that I Am Cait has been cancelled, will she go back to being Bruce? Will Kris take him back? Do I smell a re-wedding?!’

After outrage, she deleted the tweet.

She claimed it was ‘an idle musing’.

‘I seem to have misread the temper of the times,’ the singer said.

Midler became recognized as a gay icon in the 1970s. She got her start in gay bathhouses, where she became close to gay piano accompanist Barry Manilow.

‘Despite the way things turned out [with the AIDS crisis], I’m still proud of those days [singing at gay bathhouses],’ she said in 1998.

‘I feel like I was at the forefront of the gay liberation movement, and I hope I did my part to help it move forward. So, I kind of wear the label of “Bathhouse Betty” with pride.’

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Saturday, May 19, 2018

Celebs Blame Republicans for Santa Fe School Shooting: ‘Go F**k Yourselves

Conservative Fighters
Celebs Blame Republicans for Santa Fe School Shooting: ‘Go F**k Yourselves
May 19, 2018

Bette Midler, Portrait

Within hours of the of the Santa Fe, Texas, high school shooting celebrities took to Twitter going at the NRA, demanding more gun control, and mocking condolences of prayer.

For example, when President Trump tweeted condolences based on the limited information available on the shooting at the time, Kathy Griffin responded by tweeting, “Go f*ck yourself.”

One minute later she tweeted:

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We can’t back down no matter what. The NRA has won in the past because we always move on with our daily lives and they don’t – they focus on their agenda.

Fuck The NRA https://twitter.com/cameron_kasky/status/997498409723531264 

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Judd Apatow responded to President Trump by claiming the NRA owns him:

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The NRA owns you. You don’t take simple, logical steps to save lives because you want their money. You are an evil man. https://twitter.com/realdonaldtrump/status/997493407097524224 

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Vice President Mike Pence tweeted his condolences, pledging his own prayers and “the prayers of the American people.”

Michael Ian Black responded to Pence:

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Go fuuuuuuuuuuuck yourself. https://twitter.com/VP/status/997495971775823872  Read More

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Friday, April 13, 2018

Famed Critic Pauline Kael Speaking Of Bette Midler In “Divine Madness”

Mister D: I remember the time Pauline Kael was on Tom Snyder’s old talk show. He asked her who should win the Academy Award for Best Actress in 1979. Without pause she said Bette Midler for the Rose. She said I haven’t heard lines read like that in decades and if she doesn’t win the Oscars mean nothing. This was when critics had considerable power over what was a hit or miss in movies She was considered one of the greatest critics. Check out some books on her. Bruce Vilanch said he sat next to her in Divine Madness. She was a big Bette Midler fan before the movies. She was upset with the end product of Divine Madness because of the editing and how they ended the movie. She said a real Bette Midler concert would not end like that. It would end up with a happy, upbeat song, like “Friends” After she saw Jinxed, she was sure Hollywood would ruin the Bette we knew growing up. That’s me hearsay and gossip. IF I’m wrong Bruce, let me know. It’s been a while and I might have succumbed to the Telephone Game.

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Wednesday, March 28, 2018

What’s Bette Midler Reading? “Just The Funny Parts” By Nell Scovell

From the Back Cover

Just the Funny Parts is a juicy and scathingly funny insider look at how pop culture gets made. For more than thirty years, writer, producer, and director Nell Scovell worked behind the scenes of iconic shows, including The Simpsons, Late Night with David Letterman, Murphy Brown, NCIS, The Muppets, and Sabrina, the Teenage Witch, which she created and executive produced.

Then in 2009, Scovell gave up her behind-the-scenes status when the David Letterman sex scandal broke. Only the second woman ever to write for his show, Scovell used the moment to publicly call out the lack of gender diversity in late-night TV writers’ rooms. “One of the boys” came out hard for “all of the girls.” Her criticisms fueled a cultural debate. Two years later, Scovell was collaborating with Sheryl Sandberg on speeches and later on Lean In, which resulted in a worldwide movement.

Now Scovell is opening up with this fun, honest, and often shocking account. Scovell knows what it’s like to put words in the mouths of President Barack Obama, Mark Harmon, Candice Bergen, Bob Newhart, Conan O’Brien, Alyssa Milano, and Kermit the Frog, among many others. Through her eyes, you’ll sit in the Simpsons writers’ room . . . stand on the red carpet . . . pin a tail on Miss Piggy . . . bond with Star Trek’s Leonard Nimoy . . . and experience a Stephen King–like encounter with Stephen King.

Review

“This clear-eyed account of 30 years in a profoundly flawed industry is the funniest, most unflinching book I’ve read in a long time. I laughed out loud so many times. If you’ve ever watched TV, you should read this book. And if you’ve ever read a book, you should read this one, too.” (John Oliver)

“First things first. Just the Funny Parts is, like Nell Scovell herself, funny as hell. Laugh-out-loud chuckles, eye rolls, embarrassed (for Nell) giggles—it’s all there. But there’s a lot more, too. This is a smart, wise book about growing up, growing old(er), and most of all, what it means to be a woman in a man’s world. That’s no joke. (But it is, as I mentioned, funny.)” (Jeffrey Toobin, author of American Heiress)

“Nell Scovell has finally written the book that everyone in the comedy world has been waiting for! Besides being one of the funniest people I know, she has not just survived, but she has thrived. How the hell did she do it?? Crack it open and find out!” (Bette Midler)

“This book is soooo good! Nell not only recalls her comedy writing career with wit but also transports us there to sit alongside her as witness. Just the Funny Parts could easily be called Just The Brave Parts.” (Larry Wilmore)

“Nell is an incredible writer, and this book is just as amazing as I would expect. I particularly liked page 213.” (Samantha Bee, Full Frontal with Samantha Bee )

“In Just the Funny Parts, Nell Scovell offers readers an unvarnished look into a writer’s life. Through her unique lens, she bravely confronts some uncomfortable truths, and yet keeps you laughing the whole way through.” (George Lucas, yeah that George Lucas)

“I’ve known for a while that Nell is an unusually talented and funny writer, but I had no idea just how much she shaped the TV that I’ve watched for decades—or how much bias she faced along the way. Despite that (and sometimes because of it), this book was a delight to read. It’s full of jokes that made me laugh and sharp analyses that made me think.” (Adam Grant, New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take and Originals, and co-author of Option B)

“In this illuminating memoir, Scovell details her career as a highly successful television writer over the last three decades, during which she was usually the only woman in the room… Scovell has repeatedly felt the sting of toiling in Los Angeles, “where rejection and failure are the bread and butter of this gluten-free, nondairy town,” and in an industry that continually looked for a cheaper, younger version of her. But in working with Sheryl Sandberg as the co-writer on Lean In, she was reminded of a timeless lesson: doing something that is meaningful to oneself might also have an impact on others. Scovell’s memoir is wonderfully entertaining and ultimately uplifting.”

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Wednesday, March 21, 2018

Bette Midler And Others Send Congrats To Kathy Griffin And Her Comeback

The Wrap
Comedian Kathy Griffin is “in shock” and “so grateful” that her show at New York’s 3,671-seat Carnegie Hall sold out — in one day.
Rosemary Rossi
3/18/18

“I just found out that my Carnegie Hall show sold out in a day. I’m in shock,” she tweeted Saturday. “For most of the past year I was convinced that my career was over…I have felt moments of despair that I can’t describe in a tweet. Thank you from the bottom of my heart…I am so grateful.”

Kathy Griffin
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@kathygriffin

I just found out that my Carnegie Hall show sold out in a day. I’m in shock. For most of the past year I was convinced that my career was over…I have felt moments of despair that I can’t describe in a tweet. Thank you from the bottom of my heart…I am so grateful.

It’s been nine months since Griffin’s photo holding a fake decapitated President Donald Trump head caused an uproar that threw her life and career in turmoil. Venues cancelled her tour dates, CNN dropped her as co-host of its annual New Year’s Eve broadcast and she became the subject of a Secret Service investigation for “conspiracy to assassinate the president.”

News of Griffin’s comeback made lots of her fans very happy, including a few famous ones. Amber Tamblyn tweeted, “Love you, Kathy,” while Bette Midler went into a little more detail, writing, “Congratulations and welcome back! You were in Show Biz jail longer than the Stanford Rapist was in real jail!”

17 Mar

Kathy Griffin
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@kathygriffin
I just found out that my Carnegie Hall show sold out in a day. I’m in shock. For most of the past year I was convinced that my career was over…I have felt moments of despair that I can’t describe in a tweet. Thank you from the bottom of my heart…I am so grateful.

Amber Tamblyn
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@ambertamblyn

Love you, Kathy.

5:28 PM – Mar 17, 2018
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Bette Midler
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@BetteMidler

Congratulations and welcome back! You were in Show Biz jail longer than the Stanford Rapist was in real jail! https://twitter.com/kathygriffin/status/975059012822630403 …

Midler later added, “And what timing! On St. Patrick’s Day, no less!!”

Bette Midler
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@BetteMidler

#KathyGriffin And what timing! On St. Patrick’s Day, no less!!

Griffin didn’t take the well-wishes and congratulations lightly, replying to Midler, “Thank you. I just reread the incredibly lovely and compassionate email you sent me on that dark day. XXOO.”

17 Mar

Bette Midler
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@BetteMidler
Congratulations and welcome back! You were in Show Biz jail longer than the Stanford Rapist was in real jail! https://twitter.com/kathygriffin/status/975059012822630403 …

Kathy Griffin
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@kathygriffin
Thank you. I just reread the incredibly lovely and compassionate email you sent me on that dark day. XXOO

And there were even a couple of celebs who Griffin acknowledged who reached out to her privately.

“People talk sh*t about @KrisJenner/@KimKardashian (including me in my act) but I will tell you something…in the past year they have shown me a lot of love & given me support when I needed it most,” Griffin tweeted. “And it’s never been for show. (Don’t worry they’re still going to be in my act).”

Kathy Griffin
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@kathygriffin
People talk sh*t about @KrisJenner/@KimKardashian (including me in my act) but I will tell you something…in the past year they have shown me a lot of love & given me support when I needed it most. And it’s never been for show.

(Don’t worry they’re still going to be in my act) https://twitter.com/kathygriffin/status/975059012822630403 …

Griffin’s “Laugh Your Head Off World Tour” has her performing in Canada and the U.S. through at least early summer. Additional date may be added.

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Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Celebrity Tributes For Stephen Hawking

Wenn
March 14, 2018

Eddie Redmayne has issued a heartfelt statement about physicist Stephen Hawking following his death on Wednesday.

The Brief History of Time author’s children Lucy, Robert, and Tim announced on Wednesday that he has passed away at his home in Cambridge, England that morning at the age of 76.

Redmayne, who won the Best Actor Oscar in 2015 for his portrayal of Hawking in The Theory of Everything, has issued a statement paying tribute to Hawking.

“We have lost a truly beautiful mind, an astonishing scientist and the funniest man I have ever had the pleasure to meet,” he wrote. “My love and thoughts are with his extraordinary family.”

The actor had previously called meeting the scientist “one of the great moments of (his) life” and recalled feeling nervous waiting for Hawking, who suffered from motor neurone disease, to compose a response using his computer.

As well as his groundbreaking work in physics and cosmology, Hawking also made several TV appearance on shows such as The Big Bang Theory and Star Trek: The Next Generation and in animated form on The Simpsons and Futurama.

In loving memory of Stephen Hawking. It was an honor to have him on The #BigBangTheory. Thank you for inspiring us and the world. pic.twitter.com/9rWoYqIToy

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