Bette Midler Calls on 'Armed' Protesters to Storm NRA Convention in Texas
Hollywood actress makes demands in wake of school shooting
Hollywood actress Better Midler is calling for "armed" protesters to storm Thursday's National Rifle Association (NRA) convention in Houston, Texas.
Midler issued a statement encouraging her followers to "come armed" to an organized protest at the May 26 conference.
Her comments have provoked a widespread backlash as they come just days after 19 children and two adults were killed during a mass shooting at a Texas school.
The actress made the remark while responding to a tweet suggesting, "PEOPLE SHOULD SHOW UP AND PROTEST AT THIS CONFERENCE."
Midler tweeted Wednesday, "at the George R Brown convention center in Houston, Texas, this weekend. Come armed."
AT THE GEORGE R BROWN CONVENTION CENTER IN HOUSTON TEXAS, THIS WEEKEND. Come armed. https://t.co/QNUJkLGEqh— bettemidler (@BetteMidler) May 25, 2022
On Wednesday, "American Pie" singer Don McClean said that he will no longer be performing at the NRA conference after the deadly shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.
"In light of the recent events in Texas, I have decided it would be disrespectful and hurtful for me to perform for the NRA at their convention in Houston this week," McClean said in a statement.
"I’m sure all the folks planning to attend this event are shocked and sickened by these events as well.
"After all, we are all Americans.
"I share the sorrow for this terrible, cruel loss with the rest of the nation," he concluded.
Rep. Dan Crenshaw (R-TX)will also not be attending this weekend's NRA annual convention, citing a trip he is taking to Ukraine, according to his office.
The Texas congressman's office told the NRA on Tuesday morning that he would not be attending the event, where he was scheduled to speak, because "he wouldn't be back in time" from Ukraine, his office said.
His office maintained that Crenshaw's decision not to attend the convention was made prior to the tragedy and that it was because he will be in Ukraine for the rest of the week on a trip that "came together pretty quickly."
Additionally, President Donald Trump is set to speak at the convention, for which he has drawn criticism from gun control advocates.
Matthew McConaughey said Tuesday that "action must be taken" after the shooting in his Uvalde hometown, on Tuesday left 19 children and two teachers dead.
"Once again we have tragically proven that we are failing to be responsible for the rights our freedoms grant us," the "Dallas Buyers Club" actor wrote in a statement on his social media pages.
He said every American needs to ask, "What is it that we truly value?
"How do we repair the problem?
"What small sacrifices can we individually take today, to preserve a healthier and safer nation, state and neighborhood tomorrow?"
The shooting carried out by Salvador Ramos, 18, is the deadliest shooting at an elementary school since Sandy Hook in 2012.