“Hocus Pocus” witch Bette Midler and liberal musician John Legend were raked over the coals by social media for making “ignorant” tweets about the national baby formula shortage.
Midler made her “offensive” social media post on Thursday, in a reply to MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle’s observation that the shortage revealed an “amazing secret oligopoly” of the three American companies that have spent massive funds lobbying to prohibit foreign imports of formula and now control 90% of the market share.
“TRY BREASTFEEEDING!” The “Beaches” star spouted off. “It’s free and available on demand.”
TRY BREASTFEEEDING! It’s free and available on demand. https://t.co/15xetgg1ps
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) May 13, 2022
“What a profoundly offensive & ignorant statement. There are countless reasons why breastfeeding is not an option for many mothers—too many to get into here,” commented former Trump advisor Stephen Miller. “And if you’ve been using formula you can’t just flip a switch. Not to mention millions of babies with milk/food allergies…”
“Imagine having a large gay fanbase, many of whom are raising kids in two-dad households, and thinking this is a good suggestion,” pointed out “Last Week Tonight” producer Tim Carvell.
“This is profoundly insensitive,” added “Athlete A” producer Jennifer Sey. “First, there are a million reasons why some women can’t nurse at all, or can’t nurse full time & supplement with formula. Second, women don’t even need a “reason”. She can decide not to just because she doesn’t want to. Period.”
“All of Me” singer John Legend was also mocked for adding his hot take about a report that the Biden administration sent “pallets” of baby formula to migrant holding facilities during the shortage.
“Baby formula should go to Americans before illegals. This should not have to be said,” Texas Rep. Troy Nehls captioned when sharing the article.
“These are the “pro life” folks,” Legend wrote in reply.
These are the “pro life” folks. https://t.co/O3baiH64L2
— John Legend (@johnlegend) May 13, 2022
“Yes, John. Baby formula in America should to American families before the families of those breaking the law to come here,” replied radio host Joe Pagliarulo. “Why is this controversial? When’s the last time you said something in support of our country?”