Bette Midler: ‘Powerful Interests…Have Infused a Very Large Part of American Culture With the Belief That ‘Freedom’ is Literally More Important Than Life’ Staff | May 6, 2020 | 2:51pm EDT
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Singer Bette Midler sent out a series of tweets over the past day talking about the behavior of some Americans during the COVID-19 pandemic.

“There are very powerful interests who demand ‘freedom’ in order to do as they like with the environment, society and economy,” she said in a tweet on Tuesday evening. “They have infused a very large part of American culture with the belief that ‘freedom’ is literally more important than life.”

“My freedom to own assault weapons trumps your right not to get shot at school,” she said in another tweet.

“Now my freedom to go to the barber (‘I Need a Haircut’ read one banner this week in St. Paul, Minnesota) trumps your need to avoid infection,” she said.

“Usually when this kind of outlandish idiocy is displaying itself, there is the comforting thought that, if things were really serious, it would all stop,” Midler said in yet another tweet. “People would sober up. Instead, a large part of the U.S. has hit the bottle even harder.”

“And the president, his party and their media allies keep supplying the drinks,” Midler said in another tweet. “There has been no moment of truth, no shock realization that the antics have to end. No one of any substance on the U.S. right has stepped in to say: get a grip, people are dying here.”

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