Katie Halper: Bette Midler Defies Hurricane, Fights Climate Change
When I asked Midler, dressed as the corpse of CoCo Chanel to go with the evening's French theme, whether "super" hurricanes like Sandy will change the minds of climate change deniers, she said: "I have no idea. But I know, I know in my heart, the truth. And I will not be swayed. And you know what, if people knew simple physics, they would understand it as well." [This surprises me--I would have thought that climate rebel Freeman Dyson *does* understand simple physics at least as well as Bette does.]Bette Midler - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Last night's fundraiser was to feature vice president and Pulitzer Prize-winning environmentalist Al Gore. But the champion of the Academy Award-winning documentary An Inconvenient Truth was kept away by the hurricane. Middler tweeted, "So fitting we have global warming to blame for @algore's absence tonight at a fabulous #Hulaween2012."
The evening included powerful remarks by Midler with a haunting message for us all: "These extreme weather events are happening more and more and there's a pattern to them. The quicker everybody wakes up and smells the flooding, the quicker we will all be able to work together to do something about this. Now it's on our doorstep and we have really got to pull together."
Midler majored in drama at the University of Hawaii, but left after three semesters