Kim Kardashian, perhaps the most influential woman on the planet, is in the midst of a Twitter war with Bette Midler over her new, nude selfies — and she’s going to lose.
Kim Kardashian, 35, is no stranger to defending herself against haters on Twitter. It’s just not everyday, though, that the “hater” in question is three-time Grammy winning artist Bette Midler, 70. The reality star had a hard time swallowing a joke by the legendary star about her latest nude pic, and lashed out at Bette for her comments, calling her “fake“. In reality, however, Bette is one of the most genuine celebrities on the platform, and perhaps Kim K could learn a thing or two by following her winning feed.
Full disclosure: I’ve been a fan of Bette Midler my whole life. For The Boys, Gypsy, First Wives Club — the Divine Miss M is an icon in my eyes. At the same time, I admire all that Kim K has achieved. She understands the scope of her fame, her fans, and how to keep them entertained; above all, she makes no apologies for being exactly who she is. Nor should she — but what she could do, maybe just every once in awhile, is take a moment to realize the immense reach of her brand and use it to do more good. With 41.4 million followers on Twitter, she could be educating several generations of women who adore her on issues that matter. Did you know that Kim frequently visits the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to read to sick children? Or that when she travels the globe, she makes a point to visit orphanages? Probably not, but that’s entirely her own fault. She has the platform and the global influence to bring real issues to the forefront; she chooses to post more selfies.
Enter Bette, a celebrated singer, actress, comedienne, and activist, who not only founded the New York Restoration Project in 1995 to preserve the beautiful city of New York, but supports countless charities that give aid to children and women worldwide. When she does tweet, she maintains a near elegant balance of educating her devoted 902k followers, while entertaining them with observations about the current state of the world in pop culture, politics and more. Her comment to Kim about her nude selfie was clearly more the latter — remember, she’s a comedienne — and wasn’t meant to be taken with the level of severity as Kim did. Besides, what was the point of posting a naked selfie to begin with if not to have people talk about? You take the good, take the bad, Kim!
Here’s what I hope Kim takes away from all of this: it’s about time she has a voice on Twitter. A real voice. Talk about the issues that matter to you. Talk about the effects of slut-shaming on young women. Talk about children in crisis around the world. Talk about the election and how it affects this country. Start a conversation about something that matters to you. Because guess what? Bette’s doing just that, and people love what she has to say. See for yourself:
On The Insanity Of Hollywood
The Oscars are today! You know, the awards show where Leonardo DiCaprio is "overdue" but black people can "wait till next year."
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) February 28, 2016
Everyone's going nuts because @Beyoncé dropped a new video. So?I drop stuff all the time. These days, it's picking up stuff that's hard!
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) February 7, 2016
"The Bachelor" or as I like to call it, "Can you form a coherent sentence?"premiers its 20th season. So it'll be too old to be a contestant!
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) January 7, 2016
On The 2016 Election
In a world where Donald Trump is a frontrunner for President, I fully expect to hear soon that the new Supreme Court nominee is Judge Judy.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) February 19, 2016
When is ANYONE besides @BernieSanders going to talk about all the lost jobs caused by the Free Trade Agreements? Come back, Ross Perot!
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) March 5, 2016
Mitch McConnell is refusing to even MEET with any Supreme Court nominee. His lips must be too busy meeting with the Tea Party asses.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) February 26, 2016
Yes, Trump called Ted Cruz a "pussy." But in GOP circles, a "pussy" is just something a woman has no right to make her own decisions about.
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) February 17, 2016
Important Questions & Perspectives On Global Issues
Gas fell to below $1/gallon the other day in Michigan. Any word yet on
whether city officials in Flint think it’s OK for people to drink?
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) January 20, 2016
A New Libya, With ‘Very Little Time Left’ – The New York Times https://t.co/lrHGegY5ql
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) March 1, 2016
And then, you know, the Kardashians & Justin Bieber
Justin Bieber’s fans upset because Concert tickets w/VIP meet
and greet cost $2000. Well, remember, we all got to see his penis for free!
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) November 18, 2015
Kanye called Taylor Swift a bitch but said it's a term of endearment. Well then, let me be the first to say, congrats on your album, bitch!
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) February 14, 2016
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) January 4, 2016
So, let’s put this feud to bed, Kim. By all means, you should continue to celebrate the body you worked hard for, post selfies of your killer contouring…do what makes you “you”. However, it’s time to think about those 41.4 million followers and how you can use that power for good. Then, maybe Bette’s next tweet to you will start off with, “Did you ever know that you’re my hero?”
Sound off, Hollywoodlifers! What do you think? Is it time for Kim to get more serious about her tweets or is that asking just too much?