'Shame on you': Bette Midler's NSFW Melania Trump tweet sparks backlash

Erin Jensen

Bette Midler's recent social media swiping has made her a Twitter target, once again. 

Following a controversial tweet last month in which she asserted "women, are the n-word of the world," Wednesday, Midler tweeted a NSFW photo of first lady Melania Trump from a steamy shoot with British GQ in 2000. The image which Midler shared from the flight-themed spread shows Trump posing in the cockpit wearing an ensemble that appears to expose her nipples.

"The dry cleaning bill for the upholstery on Air Force One must be insane," Midler cracked to nearly 1.5 million followers. She added a vulgar hashtag along with her post. 

Bette Midler in New York City on Oct. 16, 2018.

Users were quick to slam Midler, 72, for her quip. 

"First and most she is now our first lady have some respect," one user directed. "if you cant say anything positive don't say anything at all... you are old enough to have learned from your life mistakes and experience... shame on you lady"

First lady Melania Trump at a conference in Washington on Nov. 15, 2018.

Another wrote: "To think that I admired you for so many years for being so funny, irreverent and embracing humankind - You’ve turned into a wretched old woman - it’s really too bad."

"My daughter and I thought you were an inspiration for all woman," shared another, "we are saddened for what you’ve become."

One user accused Midler of "body shaming." "I know now you don’t mean my body, and not all bodies are beautiful, right?"

Someone else described Midler's "bullying" as "shameful."

"Mean people never bring joy," the user added.

Midler apologized for her October gaffe, but doesn't appear to regret this tweet, despite the backlash.

USA TODAY has reached out to her rep for comment.

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