Bette Midler and Diane Sawyer called out over Britney Spears comments

Bette Midler and Diane Sawyer are slammed for historic ‘slut-shaming’ of Britney Spears amid controversial new Hulu documentary

  • Journalist Yashar Ali  also resurfaced an old clip of Midler ‘slut-shaming’ Spears, despite having recently getting behind the singer by tweeting ‘#FreeBritney’ to join in other celebrities who are supporting the artist 
  • In the clip from 2003, Midler is asked by Access Hollywood about Britney, Madonna, and Christina Aguilera’s MTV Video Music Awards performance 
  • As the trio kissed during the performance, Midler replied: ‘I think it’s irresponsible in a way’ 
  • Ali also brought up Midler talking about Britney and Lindsey Lohan in an interview where she called them ‘wild and woolly sluts’ back in December 2006
  • Midler had tweeted ‘#FreeBritney’ over the weekend 
  • Meanwhile, Ali took to Twitter on Tuesday, suggesting that Sawyer, 75, owes Spears, 39, an apology for her infamous 2003 interview that was filmed when the star was just 21 years old 
  • Framing Britney Spears reexamines the …Baby, One More Time singer’s life story, putting a spotlight on the media’s treatment of the star while also doing a deep dive into her 12-year-long conservatorship 

Bette Midler and Diane Sawyer have been called out over their past comments and treatment of Britney Spears amid the controversial new Hulu documentary that details the troubled pop star’s life and conservatorship battle. 

Journalist Yashar Ali took to Twitter on Tuesday, suggesting that Sawyer, 75, owes Spears, 39, an apology for her infamous 2003 interview that was filmed when the star was just 21 years old. 

Meanwhile, Ali also resurfaced an old clip of Midler ‘slut-shaming’ Spears, despite having recently getting behind the singer by tweeting ‘#FreeBritney’ to join in other celebrities who are supporting the artist. 

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Courting controversy: Bette Midler and Diane Sawyer have been called out over their past comments and treatment of Britney Spears amid the controversial new Hulu documentary that details the troubled pop star’s life and conservatorship battle

Tough times: Spears seen during the infamous 2003 interview with Sawyer

Hitting out: Journalist Yashar Ali took to Twitter on Tuesday to criticize both Midler and Sawyer

Ali pulled no punches as he posted a video on Twitter Tuesday morning with the caption: ‘You should say something about how you reacted to Britney Spears kissing Madonna.’

In the clip from 2003, Midler is asked about Britney, Madonna, and Christina Aguilera’s iconic MTV Video Music Awards performance earlier that year which saw them share kisses.

She replied: ‘I mean those two ladies don’t really give a damn what I say but I think it’s irresponsible in a way… It’s kind of tacky in a way to say that I’m not responsible for the fact that there is, you know, 10 or 11-year-olds watching this show.’ 

Taking a stand: Midler posted ‘#FreeBritney’ over the weekend

Not pleased: Ali resurfaced an old clip of Midler ‘slut-shaming’ Spears, despite having recently getting behind the singer by tweeting 

Ali – who has contributed to HuffPost, NBC News, and New York magazine – went on to write: ‘In 2006, you called Britney a “wild and woolly slut” You have a history of slut shaming young famous women (example: Ariana Grande)

‘People can grow, but please acknowledge the past. #FreeBritney’

 Back in December 2006, Midler talked about Britney and Lindsey Lohan in an interview with Extra as she called them ‘wild and woolly sluts.’

Taking a stand: Ali pulled no punches as he posted a video on Twitter Tuesday morning with the caption: ‘You should say something about how you reacted to Britney Spears kissing Madonna’

Legendary: In the clip from 2003, Midler is asked about Britney, Madonna, and Christina Aguilera’s iconic MTV Video Music Awards performance earlier that year which saw them share kisses (pictured)

She replied: ‘I mean those two ladies don’t really give a damn what I say but I think it’s irresponsible in a way… It’s kind of tacky in a way to say that I’m not responsible for the fact that there is, you know, 10 or 11-year-olds watching this show’

Ali also referred to Midler’s treatment of younger women as he gave the example of Ariana Grande.

Back in 2014, Midler told The Telegraph: ‘You don’t have to make a whore out of yourself to get ahead.

‘It’s always surprising to see someone like Ariana Grande with that silly high voice, a very wholesome voice, slithering around on a couch looking so ridiculous. I mean, it’s silly beyond belief and I don’t know who’s telling her to do it. I wish they’d stop. But it’s not my business, I’m not her mother. Or her manager. Maybe they tell them that’s what you’ve got to do. Sex sells. Sex has always sold.’

Wow: Back in December 2006, Midler (seen in November 2019) talked about Britney and Lindsey Lohan in an interview with Extra as she called them ‘wild and woolly sluts’

‘You don’t have to make a whore out of yourself to get ahead’: Ali also referred to Midler’s treatment of younger women as he gave the example of Midler’s comments to The Telegraph  about Ariana Grande Back in 2014

Before Midler, Ali went after Diane Sawyer for her now infamous 2003 interview with Britney.

He tweeted: ‘I think it’s clear that @DianeSawyer owes Britney Spears an apology. By the way, Britney was 21-years-old when this interview was filmed.

‘#FreeBritney (More footage here than was shown in the documentary)’

‘I think it’s clear that @DianeSawyer owes Britney Spears an apology’: Before Midler, Ali went after Diane Sawyer for her now infamous 2003 interview with Britney

In the clip Sawyer pushed the issue of Britney’s split from Justin Timberlake as she said: ‘You broke his heart. You did something that caused him so much pain, so much suffering. What did you do?’

In the clip Sawyer pushed the issue of Britney’s split from Justin Timberlake as she said: ‘You broke his heart. You did something that caused him so much pain, so much suffering. What did you do?’

She also asked the pop star about a comment made by Maryland’s first lady in 2003, Kendel Ehrlich, who made some eyebrow-raising comments at an anti-domestic violence conference that year.

She slammed the singer as a bad influence as she said: ‘Really, if I had an opportunity to shoot Britney Spears, I think I would.’

Ouch: She also asked the pop star about a comment made by Maryland’s first lady in 2003, Kendel Ehrlich, who made some eyebrow-raising comments at an anti-domestic violence conference that year

She slammed the singer as a bad influence as she said: ‘Really, if I had an opportunity to shoot Britney Spears, I think I would’

Sad: The singer seemed shocked by the comment which she said was ‘horrible’ and ‘really bad’

The singer seemed shocked by the comment which she said was ‘horrible’ and ‘really bad.’

Sawyer seemingly defended the former prosecutor as she elaborated: ‘It’s because of the example for kids and how hard it is to be a parent.’ 

Britney’s mental health and conservatorship have once again become the hot topic of conversation after a Hulu documentary about her was released days ago. 

Framing Britney Spears reexamines the …Baby, One More Time singer’s life story, putting a spotlight on the media’s treatment of the star while also doing a deep dive into her 12-year-long conservatorship.

Spears was put under conservatorship in 2008 after being placed on psychiatric hold for five-days, giving her father control of her person and finances.

Fighting: Spears was put under conservatorship in 2008 and though it was supposed to expire in 2009, it remains in place to this day. Britney has been fighting to remove her father as conservator since 2020

Though it was supposed to expire in 2009, it remains in place to this day. Britney has been fighting to remove her father as conservator since 2020.

Her lawyers said the star is ‘afraid of her father’ in front of a judge last November, adding ‘She will not perform again if her father is in charge of her career.’

The next hearing regarding Britney Spears’ case is this Thursday, February 11th.

Framing Britney Spears is available via Hulu. 

Deep dive: Framing Britney Spears reexamines the …Baby, One More Time singer’s life story, putting a spotlight on the media’s treatment of the star while also doing a deep dive into her 12-year-long conservatorship. It’s availble to stream via Hulu now

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