Actress, comedian, and singer Bette Midler sent out an explosive and offensive tweet on Sunday that appeared to threaten children with peanut allergies if their parents don’t get the coronavirus vaccination.
The tweet from Midler reads: “If my kid can’t bring peanut butter to school then yours can’t bring the deathly plague. Vaccinate or I’m bringing the Jiffy.”
In the tweet, she appeared to confuse peanut butter with popcorn when she referred to “Jiffy” instead of “Jif.” There was also the glaring fact that Midler has one grown daughter named Sophie von Haselberg and no children in school.
The tweet caused outrage on Twitter and prompted a number of people to comment on it. Even liberal commenters were horrified over the threatening tweet. One named Amy Jo was furious: “I’m super liberal, very pro vax and science but this isn’t funny. My son, like millions of others is severely allergic to peanuts and tree nuts! If he touches it he gets hives. If he eats even the tiniest amount, his throat closes, no amount of CPR would help. Do better!”
Another named Katrina O’Neill also chimed in: “The minute we stop seeing those who are anti vax, anti mask and covid deniers as no longer humans..then we understand how the holocaust could happen. They may make sh***y choices but their death shouldn’t be our solution.”
— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) May 9, 2021
Toasty Vibes tweeted a seemingly shared sentiment regarding Midler’s meme: “Threatening to kill kids if someone doesn’t inject their kids with an experiment? What a great person you are.”
Midler is only one of a number of celebrities who is promoting the vaccine although her tweeted threat does stand out.
On May 2nd in Los Angeles, the “Vax Live” Global Citizen fundraising concert was prerecorded featuring Jennifer Lopez, Eddie Vedder, Foo Fighters, J Balvin, and H.E.R.
Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were campaign chairs for the concert which included special appearances from President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden, Ben Affleck, Chrissy Teigen, David Letterman, Gayle King, Jimmy Kimmel, Nomzamo Mbatha, Olivia Munn, and Sean Penn. All are allegedly politically liberal.
“Vax Live: The Concert to Reunite the World,” was hosted by Selena Gomez, presented by Teigen, and funded more than 26 million COVID-19 vaccine doses, raising in excess of $302 million for the ACT-Accelerator, which has a goal to provide “equitable access to COVID-19 vaccines, tests, treatments, and other medical tools to the world’s most marginalized communities and healthcare workers on the frontlines,” according to Global Citizen which is an advocate to end extreme poverty worldwide.
Major donors included Mastercard, which pledged $25 million, Cisco and Procter & Gamble, each pledging $5 million, and the Coca-Cola Foundation which pitched in $500,000.
As celebrities post their vaccine selfies and urge Americans to get vaccinated, insensitive tweets such as Midler’s appear to discourage people from getting the inoculation.
A number of commenters on Twitter expressed their disgust with the comedian:
“Get vaccinated or I’m gonna start killing kids with peanut allergies” is definitely a sales pitch https://t.co/soL2Tg6U9g
— Sunny McSunnyface (@sunnyright) May 9, 2021
Maybe you were thinking about popcorn.https://t.co/7jWnkoKnnM pic.twitter.com/tx5QhjBOP0
— Jeryl Bier (@JerylBier) May 9, 2021
Kids can't be vaccinated yet, you elitist schmuck. @BadCOVID19Takes https://t.co/hKiSxWqLaU
— Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) May 9, 2021
You don’t spend a lot of time in the grocery store, do you? https://t.co/MezY2CUKY6
— The H2 (@TheH2) May 9, 2021
I know you mean this as a joke, but either of those could kill my kid, so not so funny for me. This is where my kid ends up when you “bring the Jiffy” pic.twitter.com/ey0PpVbFYN
— Mary Fendley (@mary_fen) May 9, 2021
I dont care what celebs say. But this is wrong and sick
— Ruthb (@rthboyd04) May 10, 2021
Choosy moms choose Jif and there is no FDA approved pediatric coronavirus vax as of today. I’m not certain where you’re going with this meme but wishing death on children is certainly a call for self reflection.
— MajorMomVibes (@ArmyofBlonde) May 9, 2021
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