Tokyo Rose was a name given by Allied troop to in English-speaking radio broadcaster of Japanese propaganda working to demoralize troops abroad and their families at home by exaggerating and emphasizing wartime difficulties and military losses. Tokyo Rose, Hanoi Jane, and now.....Malibu Bette! There’s a lot of talk about “propaganda” these days, what with fake news and all. But Midler has actually regressed to crude 20th-century fascist tropes of mass persuasion on the tweeter:
#RepublicanRegretters! Your hearts must be sore indeed to realize how low you have fallen, under the spell of the DTs!! Do yourself and your country a favor and #REGREXIT the #GOP!! Join TrueBlue, and remember the #REALYOU!— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) January 29, 2020
#Regrexit! Wow! Hate what’s happened to the beloved Party of Lincoln! Afraid to tell the bigots you know? Feeling you are alone? It’s not hard! Just give the flock a small, rueful wave buh-bye, pick up your ethics, morals, values, traditions,& #FLEE!! #yourebeingfleecedbyTRUMP— Bette Midler (@BetteMidler) January 29, 2020
I wonder. Does Malibu Bette’s use of Tokyo Rose cant qualify as cultural appropriation? And has Bette committed racism by aping the historical propaganda techniques of East Asian peoples of color without their consent?