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Bette Midler Responds to Justin Bieber Shade, Stays Iconic

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Over the length of her impressive career, Bette Midler has earned true icon status, and it would be remiss of you to believe otherwise. But Justin Bieber has somehow lived 21 years upon this dreaded Earth — spending the vast majority of that time existing as a world famous pop star– without so much as ever hearing her name, and he has no idea who she is.

No matter — like any true living legend, Midler doesn’t care.

During his lengthy profile with Billboard, Bieber addressed the choice words Midler had for the way his dad handled those invasive nude photos that were posted online without his consent. Bieber proceeded to not only butcher her name, but he claimed to have no idea who Midler was. He said, “This Britt Meddler…I don’t even know who that is, honestly. I wanted to immediately say ‘Who is this lady?’, but then I’m just fueling this negativity.”

The quote — in all its unintentional shade — made its way online, and Midler responding by poking fun at the whole thing, writing, “.@justinbieber Britt Meddler! I don’t know who that is either! But damn that bitch!”

Then someone created a Britt Meddler Twitter account, because the Internet is nothing if not persistent in its need to extend a joke well past its expiration date.

Have you ever unintentionally insulted someone more famous than you because you didn’t know who they were? Let us know!

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