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Gloria Steinem apologized Sunday for suggesting that young women support Bernie Sanders to chase boys.

“In a case of talk-show Interruptus, I misspoke on the Bill Maher show recently, and apologize for what’s been misinterpreted as implying young women aren’t serious in their politics,” the feminist icon wrote on her Facebook page Sunday morning.

The Women’s Media Center co-founder came under fire on Twitter after appearing on HBO’s “Real Time” Friday night. “When you’re young, you’re thinking, ‘Where are the boys? The boys are with Bernie,” Steinem told Maher, who leapt right on her comment. “Now if I said that, ‘Yeah, they’re for Bernie because that’s where the boys are,’ you’d slap me,” he said.

The statement Steinem said viewers “misinterpreted” came in the context of discussing a poll that suggests young women are backing the Vermont senator over Steinem’s preferred Democratic candidate, Hillary Clinton.

In a case of talk-show Interruptus, I misspoke on the Bill Maher show recently, and apologize for what's been…

Posted by Gloria Steinem on Sunday, February 7, 2016

Steinem wasn’t the only feminist icon to criticize women supporting Bernie Sanders. Former secretary of state Madeleine Albright spoke out at a Clinton rally in New Hampshire this weekend, saying, “We can tell our story of how we climbed the ladder, and a lot of you younger women think it’s done. It’s not done.”

Albright added: “There’s a special place in hell for women who don’t help each other!” Meanwhile, Steinem’s apology wasn’t exactly met with forgiveness from her fans.

“While I appreciate the apology, this statement doesn’t really confront the problem, nor how much damage your statement did. You chalked up an entire generation of women as brainless who vote for a man’s approval,” one user commented. “That’s not why we earned the right to vote.”

Steinem’s nonsensical comment leaves much to be confused about. Who are these boys she speaks of? We’re pretty certain the chase-worthy members of Bernie Sanders’ squad are few and far between.

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  • I am not surprised at Gloria Steniem’s statements. She has no choice, but to apologize for her offensive, sexist statement. Gloria once was an ally of the CIA (and the CIA committed terrorism against people in the four corners of the Earth). Also, Albright is the person who said that murderous Iraqi sanctions (that murdered over 1 million Iraqi children) was worth it. That’s a callous statement to make. So, many “liberals” do believe in the principles of imperialism (which is an evil philosophy that believes that bombing nations unjustly and committing violations of international law is righteous). In reality, imperialism is not righteous. It’s evil. The overarching point is that we should vote our conscience. No words from anyone should prevent us from voting our conscience. It is about being independently thinking human beings.

  • BSuga

    Shrugs.. White women problems. She knows her people better than I do.

  • Lissa

    Albright’s comment bothers me the most. I’m voting for the person who is best suited for the job, not simply voting for a woman because I am a woman. How silly and sad is it that she thinks we should blindly vote for someone based on gender? That should have been Gloria Steinem’s response to Maher about why younger women’s preference towards Sanders – it’s not because they aren’t feminists, it’s because there is something about Sanders that resonates with young women and women of all ages have the right to make those decisions for themselves. And that having so many women with differing opinions speaking their minds and making their own choices should be celebrated.