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Bette Midler slammed for tweeting ‘try breastfeeding’ amid formula shortage

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May 13, 2022 | 7:05pm

Bette Midler was slammed as “ignorant” and “offensive” after tweeting that mothers should simply “try breastfeeding” amid a nationwide baby formula shortage.

“TRY BREASTFEEEDING! It’s free and available on demand,” Midler, 76, tweeted Thursday in reply to a post from MSNBC host Stephanie Ruhle discussing the formula drought.

“The baby formula shortage reveals an amazing secret oligopoly: – 3 American companies control over 90% of the mkt – hugely restrictive regulations (thanks to big $ lobbying) prohibit foreign formulas,” she tweeted.

Stage and screen star Midler was met with pushback over the tweet from several followers, including author Ilyse Hogue who replied, “Bette, respectfully, this is a very bad take. I had twins. I didn’t produce enough milk for both. Without formula, I would have had to have chosen which one got to eat. To say nothing of kids that get separated from the birth mothers very young.”

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Fans took issue with Midler’s tweet about breastfeeding Thursday.
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Another follower called her tweet “profoundly offensive & ignorant,” adding, “There are countless reasons why breastfeeding is not an option for many mothers—too many to get into here. And if you’ve been using formula you can’t just flip a switch. Not to mention millions of babies with milk/food allergies…”

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Midler replied to those who took issue with her initial tweet about breastfeeding.
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“I love you Bette, but this is not okay,” a fan of the Tony Award-winner tweeted in response. “I fought to breastfeed my son, he kept losing weight, despite my best efforts, including lactation experts. It was emotional and I felt like a failure and at 3 months switched to formula, because of the stress it put on me and my son.”

About 20 minutes after sharing the controversial post, Midler — who is a mother herself — addressed the backlash, clarifying that she didn’t intend to shame those who cannot breastfeed for various reasons.

“People are piling on because of former tweet,” she wrote. “No shame if you can’t breastfeed, but if you can & are somehow convinced that your own milk isn’t as good as a ‘scientifically researched product’, that’s something else again. The monopoly news is news to me, tho, no lie. #WETNURSES.”

The actress found support in a few followers who defended her take, with one responding, “lol @ all these people flipping out on Bette saying that if breastfeeding is an option that it’s preferable to formula which is a widely accepted scientific consensus.”

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Midler found support in a select number of fans online.
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Another fan added, “Y’all leave Bette alone. We are manipulated daily into spending $ and baby formula is not void of the manipulation. There are cases where women can breastfeed, but are sold into thinking otherwise. (I don’t stand with the wet nurse part tho.)”

However, that still wasn’t enough for some, as one follower added to the discourse, “People are piling on because you are working with old information. Women *don’t* believe formula is better than breast milk. They’re *shamed* for using formula, even if it’s their only option. Your tweet re-inforced [sic] that women who don’t breastfeed are failures. They’re not.”

Midler and her husband Martin von Haselberg have a 35-year-old daughter named Sophie.

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(EVENT RECAP) Mr. Chicken x DJ Drewski // ‘2 Piece’ EP Release Party

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Last weekend, melodic hip-hop artist Mr. Chicken dropped his two-track EP ‘2 Piece’ featuring singles “Runnin” and “OTW 2 The Party.” He co-hosted a packed-out release party with fellow New Jersey native DJ Drewski. The two wowed the crowd by handing out actual boxes of chicken and a large styrofoam cup of juice. Manager Stragglife-Trav is credited for the event’s rollout; a move reminiscent of Diddy’s Big-Mac introduction of Craig Mac and Notorious BIG in the early days of BadBoy Records. 

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Sponsored by Belaire, Mr. Chicken’s release party was captured by Hip-Hop photographer @KPShotit. In attendance were fellow artists Kocky Kai, Kayah Baby, Phresher, Jabar Hakeem, publicist Marie Driven, LA Jean, and influencer Ms. Hustle. At the end of the night, DJ Drewski remarked, “Mr. Chicken is an uber-talented artist with a strong work ethic and a humble personality. He’s up next, in my opinion.” 

‘2 Piece’ is available on all streaming platforms, including Apple Music, Youtube, Spotify, etc. Check @Mr.Chicken out on instagram and give him a follow.

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SOURCE SPORTS: Knicks Add Former Rival Tim Hardaway As a Talent Scout

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It appears the New York Knicks have locked in an old rival from the 90s to help mold the franchise’s future.

On Thursday, Marc Berman of the New York Post reported that the Knicks had hired Tim Hardaway Sr. as their newest scout. The franchise didn’t publicly announce their acquisition of the former star point man this season. 

Hardaway served as an assistant coach to former Detroit Pistons’ head coach Stan Van Gundy from 2014-to 2018.

Hardaway was the heart and soul of the 90’s Miami Heat, who had lengthy playoff battles with the Knicks throughout the decade. Before that, he was a member of the RunTMC Golden State Warriors and Mitch Richmond and Chris Mullin. In their time, the trio was an offensive nightmare for their opponents.

After almost 20 years of waiting from retirement, his name is set to be immortalized in the Naismith Basketball Hall of Fame as a member of the Class of 2022 on September 10th. If Hardaway can bring anything to a dormant Knicks franchise, scouting-wise, it would be a needed welcome to the organization.

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J.Cole To Play in Canadian Elite Basketball League This Season

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J.Cole is pursuing his passion for hoops as the artist will play another season of professional basketball. J.Cole, listed as a guard standing at 6-foot-3-inches, will play in The Canadian Elite Basketball League this season.

The league took it to Twitter to announce the news. Cole will join the Scarborough Shooting Stars in the coming season as a guard. The season begins Wednesday.

Cole’s last appearance as a professional basketball player came in 2021 when he played with the Rwanda Patriots in the Basketball Africa League. In his professional career, the rapper from North Carolina scored five points and recorded three assists and five rebounds. He played in three games at the BAL but left the tournament ahead of the playoffs due to family commitments. The Patriots finished fourth.

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