In Defiant Speech, West Virginia Governor Tells Bette Midler To ‘Kiss’ His Dog’s ‘Behind’

Gabriel Hays | January 28, 2022

The gauntlet has been thrown down. West Virginia’s governor has just invited Hollywood actress and West Virginia critic Bette Midler to kiss his pet bulldog’s behind.

At the conclusion of his State of the State Address, Governor Jim Justice (R-W.Va.) held up his dog and actually told Midler to “kiss” its “behind.” 


A local West Virginia news channel, WVNS, described the unbelievable scene that involved the governor brandishing the behind of his own pet bulldog, “Babydog” and inviting Bette Midler to give it a smooch.

Apparently the leader of the state thought it was a humorous and justified reaction to a recent nasty tweet sent out by Midler. Frustrated that the Senator from West Virginia, Joe Manchin, did not vote for President Biden’s multi-trillion dollar “Build Back Better” spending bill, the actress lashed out calling all West Virginians “poor, illiterate and strung out.”

“What #JoeManchin, who represents a population smaller than Brooklyn, has done to the rest of America, who wants to move forward, not backward, like his state, is horrible," Midler said in a December tweet. "He sold us out.”

She then added the mean-spirited cherry on top, saying, “He wants us all to be just like his state, West Virginia. Poor, illiterate and strung out."

It’s hard to think of a nastier thing to say to an entire population of people. But Midler and many of her Hollywood colleagues seem to detest middle Americans that much. 

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Justice’s recent speech touted the progress and accomplishments of his government and his state over the last year and even adopted a defiant tone in response to critics who have derided the state.

And he saved his most outrageous point to the end.

Viewers must have been quite curious to see the governor’s own dog being held by him at the podium, such that her rear end was pointing to the audience and the cameras. He then declared, “Babydog tells Bette Midler and all those out there, kiss her hiney.”

The audience was so amused by the display that they gave the governor a standing ovation. Of course, there was plenty of laughter throughout the chamber as well, including from the governor himself. We can confidently say that we’ve never seen such a thing before.

And regardless of whether Midler deserves such a pointed humiliation, she surely will never forget being invited to kiss Babydog’s behind. Who knows? Maybe she'll be honored.