Bette Midler on Miley Cyrus, Lady Gaga: ‘There’s a grossness’ that’s ‘not flattering’
Bette Midler is the latest celeb to weigh in on Miley Cyrus’s racy performance antics.
During a recent chat with Katie Couric, the legendary singer and actress said modern pop stars like Miley Cyrus and Lady Gaga should find more tasteful ways to get attention.
“I think there’s a different between pushing the envelope sexually and pushing the envelope creatively,” she said. “I think you can be as creative as you want to be and as inventive as you want to be…You can roll out old ideas and old thoughts and give them a new coat of paint.
“But the idea of whipping out the girls, I don’t know, there’s a grossness to it that I think is not flattering…to the women themselves.”
Midler, 67, also reminisced about one of her most beloved movies, the Halloween cult classic Hocus Pocus. She revealed that she and her costars Sarah Jessica Parker and Kathy Najimy had as much fun making the movie as fans have watching it.
“We laughed the whole time,” she said, “and we flew! We flew! And we got to wear like crazy noses and fake teeth and all those sorts of things.”
She added that when Hocus Pocus premiered in 1993, it tapped into the growing popularity of Halloween in the U.S.
“We made it before the tidal wave of Halloween happened,” she said. “Now it’s like huge. It’s huge—kids, grown-ups, everyone takes part in it. This move was kind of like the beginning of the wave.”
In a reader Q&A with Parade.com last year, asked which of her past roles is most like the real Bette, Midler replied, “Winnie from Hocus Pocus!”
When Katie Couric asked Midler if she’s working on a new album, the singer played coy, saying she’s “been toying with the idea of doing an album [with] just harmonies…girl groups, from maybe the ‘30s to about the ‘80s, something like that.”
In the meantime, Midler is set to reprise her Broadway role as the late Hollywood talent agent Sue Mengers at the Geffen Playhouse in Los Angeles.