But even legends can fall from grace in a moment of passion, anger, or great emotion. That's exactly what happened to Bette Midler this week after she reacted publicly to a political quandary that has left many Americans, like her, scratching their heads this holiday season. It all started with West Virginia senator Joe Manchin who has opposed a national infrastructure bill.
President Joe Biden's "Build Back Better" plan was set to be signed this month when Manchin objected to its passing and stalled the process that many Americans considered vital to their country's future.
Midler, who is known for being outspoken about her political stances took to Twitter to make her feelings known to the world.
Bette Midler Apologizes To West Virginia
Midler originally tweeted "What #JoeManchin, who represents a population smaller than Brooklyn, has done to the rest of America, who wants to move forward, not backward, like his state, is horrible - He sold us out," she tweeted. "He wants us all to be just like his state, West Virginia. Poor, illiterate and strung out."
West Virginians among others were quick to point out her lack of respect for the state, and reminded her of the animosity these kinds of comments from celebrities can cause in the conversation. This all led to a swift apology from Midler who recognized that her comments were unfortunate:
I apologize to the good people of WVA for my last outburst. I'm just seeing red; #JoeManchin and his whole family are a criminal enterprise. Is he really the best WV has to offer its own citizens? Surely there's someone there who has the state's interests at heart, not his own!— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) December 20, 2021
So far, it looks like her apology has gone over well. After all, she is an American icon and people are quicker to forgive stars they like. But one thing is for certain: Midler will be rethinking every tweet she sends out for the foreseeable future. It's not the first time the star gets caught up in political backlash after sharing her opinion, and it likely won't be the last time she apologizes for a tweet.
But she will certainly be continuing to tweet, as the American political spectrum continues to shift into more uncertain and mirky times.