Why do the gays like Bette Midler?

  • redheaded_dud...

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    May 20, 2008 3:07 AM GMT
    Answer:


    Hilarious


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    May 20, 2008 3:44 AM GMT
    LOVE IT!!! Bette's awesome!
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    May 20, 2008 3:49 AM GMT
    I think the copyright Nazis got to it, because all I'm getting is a message that says the video is no longer available.
  • metalxracr

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    May 20, 2008 3:50 AM GMT
    Maybe it's because I'm only 21, but I can't even name a song of hers.
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    I'm sure she's good. I'll have to listen to her stuff, but I'm sure I've heard her music, but never knew who it was.
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    May 20, 2008 3:54 AM GMT
    metalxracr saidMaybe it's because I'm only 21, but I can't even name a song of hers.
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    I'm sure she's good. I'll have to listen to her stuff, but I'm sure I've heard her music, but never knew who it was.


    Bette, like Cher, is really only great because of her abilities as a performer. Sure, she's got a great voice. But Bette's glory lies in the totality of her stage presence.
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    May 20, 2008 3:58 AM GMT
    Chewey_Delt said Bette, like Cher, is really only great because of her abilities as a performer. Sure, she's got a great voice. But Bette's glory lies in the totality of her stage presence.


    When she, and I, and the world were young, she was amazing, because she was totally off the wall irreverent, and a great singer. Nowadays it's hard to show just how fresh and different she was, what with Kathy Griffin doing jokes about her saggy vagina on Bravo, of all places.

    Bette was never that crude, but she was sassy.
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    May 20, 2008 4:02 AM GMT
    jprichva said

    When she, and I, and the world were young, she was amazing, because she was totally off the wall irreverent, and a great singer. Nowadays it's hard to show just how fresh and different she was, what with Kathy Griffin doing jokes about her saggy vagina on Bravo, of all places.

    Bette was never that crude, but she was sassy.


    I couldn't have said it better (except for the she, I, and the world, since I'm a bit too young to count her in my generation). I have always loved her class and her sass. My mom should have known I was gay years ago because I could never switch the channel whenever the divine Miss Midler was on.
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    May 20, 2008 4:44 AM GMT
    I was told I look like her in some angle. icon_mad.gif
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    May 20, 2008 5:08 AM GMT
    Love Bette and Cher they don't make them like that anymore!
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    May 20, 2008 5:12 AM GMT
    So I have a funny story to share...

    When I came out to my mother when I was 39 yo and after being married to a woman for 18 years, she asked... How could you be gay?

    My first response was, "Mother, when I turned 12 you bought me an 8 track tape player, the first tape I bought was The Rose". Dah....

    She figured it out!
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    May 20, 2008 7:18 AM GMT
    hey...Jewish women make the PERRRRFECT faghagsicon_exclaim.gificon_exclaim.gificon_biggrin.gificon_wink.gif
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    May 20, 2008 7:46 AM GMT
    I haven't liked all her movies but I do think The Rose is one of the best female performances I've ever seen. I was way too young to see it when it came out but a friend of mine turned me on to it when I was in College. I've got the DVD and have passed it around several times and everyone is amazed after watching it.

    The director goes into detail and explains how committed to the character she was. The phone call home in the telephone booth is brilliance. The concert scenes were performed live. They were given no real direction just told to go with it and respond to her performance. Don't create the moment let the moment create itself and she came out there and took that audience on an incredible journey.

    I've listened to a few of her early live in concert CD's as well and she did the same thing as well. She can have you laughing one minute and the next taking a raw emotional inventory of yourself. She just has a gift as a performer. On you tube there is a live performance of her singing Stay With Me and it's brilliant. I guess thats what I like about her. She gives 200 percent.

    I think the reason so many gay men love her is that the gay community feels responsible for discovering her. Instead of showing any shame for starting out singing in the bath houses she wears it proudly and embraces the gay community. Plus, lets face it. She's a drag queens dream come true if your looking for someone to impersonate and idolize. She has definitely earned her title as an Icon.
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    May 20, 2008 7:50 AM GMT
    Bette's glory lies in the totality of her stage presence.[/quote]

    Thats the best description right there.
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    May 20, 2008 7:56 AM GMT
    Chewey_Delt said

    Bette, like Cher, is really only great because of her abilities as a performer. Sure, she's got a great voice. But Bette's glory lies in the totality of her stage presence.


    I've never heard Bette Midler... well probably have but never recognized it.

    And yeah, I agree. My sister once showed me Cher's farewell concert, and I got to agree I found it... *swallows rocker pride*... okay. Hehe. More than okay. *shudders* I actually liked it! icon_eek.gif Her songs are alright, though her voice isn't that good. Her stage presence was awesomely diva though. icon_razz.gif
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    May 20, 2008 7:58 AM GMT
    Why do the gays like Bette Midler?

    Because "God is watching us from a distance"...
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    May 20, 2008 8:18 AM GMT
    The first time I ever saw or heard of Bette Midler she was singing Boogie Woogie Bugle Boy of Company B
    at the Great American Music Hall in San Francisco. She was over the top, outrageous, bawdy and she soon earned the name "The devine Miss M"

    All the boys loved her - right from the start!
  • HndsmKansan

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    May 20, 2008 12:54 PM GMT
    I've not totally understood the gay thing for certain performers... Cher, Bette, Judy Garland and others.

    They are all excellent, but I thought that a long time ago. Of course I like Judy in Kansas the most.



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    May 20, 2008 12:56 PM GMT
    and celine dion and cher. JUSTJACK was a big fan of cher.
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    May 20, 2008 1:21 PM GMT
    has anyone seen her shows? she performs and sounds like a drag queen. and we all know those are def some stand up performers!

  • May 20, 2008 1:30 PM GMT
    Of the big gay icons of the previous generation, Cher, Bette, Babs, Judy, the only one I really am a fan of is Bette. I love her range of styles, I love the fact that she does a perfect job crossing between singer and actor.

    Why do so many gay men love her? A big part is because she started her career at the continental baths in New York (with Barry Manilow as her pianist, I believe) and she has never forgotten us, never stopped supporting us.
  • SoDakGuy

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    May 20, 2008 1:32 PM GMT
    I like her as an actress, but her style of music isn't in my iPod at all.

    She tends to be more towards the older generation of gays and lesbians, in my opinion. So, that's just me.
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    May 20, 2008 2:02 PM GMT
    Bette started singing in gay bathouses (with Barry Manilow on piano), and was always an active AIDS activist, before it was cool to be one. She's always supported gays, because they supported her at the beginning of her career. Plus Wind Beneath My Wings from Beaches was a huge hit for her, probably her biggest.

  • SoDakGuy

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    May 20, 2008 2:07 PM GMT
    I've known that for years, but like I said, I respect a lot more as an actress than a singer. She is not my personal flavor.


    yalemarine saidBette started singing in gay bathouses (with Barry Manilow on piano), and was always an active AIDS activist, before it was cool to be one. She's always supported gays, because they supported her at the beginning of her career. Plus Wind Beneath My Wings from Beaches was a huge hit for her, probably her biggest.
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    May 20, 2008 3:08 PM GMT
    Her performances in Ruthless People and Outrageous Fortune are still some of the most hilarious I've ever seen. "Are you familiar with the term Needle Dick"? The Bug Fucker?"icon_lol.gif
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    May 20, 2008 3:22 PM GMT
    because she's awesome enough to be in Hocus Pocus and first wives club, and other than my mom, she's the perfect jewish lady that everyone loves, and well since she's one of my people, how can i not like her.