Bette Midler Comments On Michael Jackson And ‘The Kiss’

Actress and musician Bette Midler was on CNN’s Larry King Live on Wednesday where she weighed in on the Michael Jackson child molestation charges. “I think it’s — it makes me very sad because he is a great, great talent. You know, I was a big, by fan of his when I was a younger. I was a great, big fan of his all the way through. I’m still a fan, to tell you the truth. I think he has a wonderful voice. He has a great range. He has impeccable timing. He has — he’s a great dancer. He had it all — has it all. And yet there’s something that — I feel that he’s trapped in some sort of a fantasy that he has allowed to seduce him, to a point where he — I think he thinks he can — I don’t know. It’s taken precedence over his art. And that is — that’s the sadness because for the last 10 years that all these rumors dogged him, he could have been making…” King interrupted, “That’s a bigger story than him.” Midler continued, “That’s a bigger story than him as an artist, and that is — that’s a bigger — that’s the loss of all that music and all that great entertainment that we could have enjoyed.” Later, Midler commented on raising eyebrows after saying the Britney Spears and Madonna kiss was kind of tacky. “Whose eyebrows did I raise? I don’t think I’ve ever — oh, nobody cares what anybody says anymore,” she said. “And nobody cares if they did it. I thought it was cheesy because I thought — because there were — that’s a show that little ones watch, you know, the little ones, the 7-year-olds, 8-year-olds.” Read more.

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10 thoughts on “Bette Midler Comments On Michael Jackson And ‘The Kiss’

  1. breez says:

    Tacky, cheesy – perfect words to describe the kiss, Bette. Even Xtina’s part in it. It was a pathetic publicity stunt for Me Against The Music.

  2. JMAX says:

    Uh… At the time, MATM hadn’t been released and Madonna wasn’t even a part of it yet. So how could it be a pathetic publicity stunt for Me Against The Music?

  3. breez says:

    It’s sweet that you believed that. :) The kiss was designed to generate the shock and buzz that it did, therefore paving the way for the collaboration that would quickly follow. Madonna WAS already a part of it, and MATM was deliberately released after the kiss, so the interest was high. Thus the kissing tease in the video. But, because it was a brilliant career move, they couldn’t admit it. Thus the story was created for the gullible public.

  4. amusicfanofsoul says:


  5. hellahooked says:

    ^because nobody gives a damn about Christina LOL anyways, if Britney and Madonna’s kiss is tacky and cheesy, then Christina’s “unnoticed” kiss is tacky and cheesy!

  6. Jaggie says:

    I agree with Bette. the kiss was a tacky, cheesy publicity stunt, but the saddest part is…it worked. The American press/people ate it up! It was the front page story the next day, despite the fact that we have a war going on in Iraq and several soldiers died that day. But no, Britney whoring it up with Madonna is a far more important story than soldiers dying in a war for oil. We should be able to see through Britney’s transparent attempts at “artistic growth.” No bitch.

  7. Whatomat says:

    Once again they mention the Britney and Madonna kiss, it is as if poor Christina didn’t exist. :-)) And gives a damn what Bette Midler thinks is tacky! If she wants tacky, the hag should rent BEACHES or listen to “Wind beneath my Wings”, the cheesiest song ever.

  8. jazzprofounder says:

    I also agree. Even though a publicity stunt like this isn’t really meant to be taken too seriously, the way it was done was pretty cheesy since it was extremely obvious and too well planned. It was so predictable. I don’t believe it’s the most shocking thing ever witnessed on MTV history like the way the media is making it out to be. In my opinion it was the least shocking thing to ever happen on the MTV awards, even if it was the most talked about.

  9. music_vibe says:

    Bette’s pretty hypocritical. She used to “break the laws” during her prime. I don’t know why she’d call them out like that when she used to do it herself. Let it go Bette, welcome to the 21st century.

  10. FuturePast says:

    It is BS, and Christina then went on to try to get publicity for herself by bashing all other female artists. She participated in the kiss and because it didn’t work in her favor, bashed it. And as far as Bette Midler, it raised eyebrows with her, well, because, uh, Ms. Midler, lets look at some of your cheesy, tacky career moves. When Stevie said it, there was a bit more respect there. She isn’t cheesy or tacky.

    The oddest thing is, that MJ story seemed to be more important then the bombing at the British embassy in Turkey. It is about what interests society and how the media plays on it. When it comes to celebs its big news.

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