Bette Midler is backtracking after her joke about Caitlyn Jenner was called out for being transphobic.
“Now that @IAmCait has been cancelled, will she go back to being Bruce? Will Kris take him back? Do I smell a re-wedding?!” Midler tweeted.
Twitter erupted as users accused Midler of making a transphobic joke towards Jenner.
“Just shows, you can be as gay-friendly all you want, but to some, transphobia comes so easy. How tired and pathetic,” reads one tweet.
“Yes, because being transgender is just a phase? What a vile tweet. Will you go back to being irrelevant?” reads another tweet.
After the backlash, Midler deleted the tweet and apologized for the joke.
“DEAR FRIENDS @HRC, WHOM I HAVE ALWAYS SUPPORTED. SORRY LAST TWEET OFFENDED. AN IDLE MUSING. I SEEM TO HAVE MISREAD THE TEMPER OF THE TIMES,” Midler tweeted her apology.
However, not everyone was willing to accept the wording of her apology and seemed to think Midler still didn’t get the problem with the joke.
“Transphobia was never a ‘temper of the times.’ It’s always been wrong,” one user tweeted in response.
“So Bette, thanks for the edit. But it’s not about ‘temper.’ Trans lives are hard. We’re not soreheads. We deserve love,” Jenny Boylan, Jenner’s friend and cast member on “I Am Cait,” tweeted.
Jenner announced last week that her reality show “I Am Cait” would be ending after two seasons.