The day after PBS aired a controversial documentary about the Black Panthers that said there are still many members of the violent cop-killing movement in prison, Hollywood liberal Bette Midler turned to social media to call on President Barack Obama to pardon them.
PBS is taking heat for the documentary that looks admirably upon the militant organization, painting them as a civic organization that fed the hungry and helped the poor.
In the description of a preview, PBS stated:
“A new revolutionary culture emerged in the turbulent 1960s, and the Black Panther Party was at the vanguard. Weaving together a treasure trove of rare footage with the voices of a diverse group of people who were there, Stanley Nelson tells the vibrant story of a pivotal movement as urgent today as it was then.”
The left understands how critical it is for the success of the Democratic Party for black voters to turn out in November without Obama on the ballot and what better way to drive racial discord than Midler’s suggestion:
#BlackPanthersPBS says there are there are still 20 BlackPanthers still in jail. That must be nearly 40 years served. Will Mr Obama pardon?
— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) February 17, 2016
The scary thing is, Obama will not go quietly in his final year in office and Midler’s idea is not entirely out of the realm of possibilities that he may consider.
Perhaps the songstress, worth an estimated $230 million, according to Celebrity Net Worth, can take in some of the militants should they be freed — a common theme in the reactions from social media users.
Here’s a sampling of responses from Twitter:
@BetteMidler Stop it. You’re giving stupid celebrities a bad name.
— The Beloved Debs (@McDebida) February 17, 2016
@BetteMidler would you want the president to pardon a kkk member after 40 years?
— kolton smith (@smith13mkay) February 17, 2016
@BetteMidler Will you fight for victims, or is it just criminals you care about?
— ObsessedAbroad (@Obsessedabroad) February 17, 2016
@BetteMidler so 40 yrs is enough jail time for thug cop killing terrorists?
— nymjr7 (@nymjr7) February 17, 2016
@BetteMidler Seriously? Wow. You really did just put that out there didn’t you?
— Sharlow (@sharlow_2) February 17, 2016
— Glam♥Ma (@PNWJae) February 17, 2016
@BetteMidler why should he pardon them? What the fuck is wrong with you? Do you even know why they’re incarcerated? Or do u simply mumble bs
— Gun Show Loophole (@AntiCompliant) February 17, 2016
— Amber Skoros (@NYCdeb8tr) February 17, 2016