Bette Midler accidentally starts a ‘Sailors vs. Salem’s Debate Among ‘Hocus Pocus’ Fans: ‘Don’t Mess With This Witch!’

Bette Midler caused quite a stir over a famous line Hocus Pocus last week, all thanks to a social media fork.

On Friday (September 23), the actress shared a new glimpse of herself as Winifred Sanderson in a promotional poster for the upcoming Hocus Pocus 2 with the caption “Hey sailors! My name is Winifred, what’s yours? #WinifredSanderson… #HocusPocus2, an original movie event streaming September 30th on @DisneyPlus.” The caption referenced her character’s line in the middle of “I Put a Spell On You,” but her followers were hilariously confused by the greeting.

“Hello SAILING LESSON?! are you telling me this isn’t hello SALEM?!” one fan wrote with a stunned emoji, while another commented: “I always thought you said ‘hello Salem’.”

Controversy over the lyrical error continued to brew in the comments section of Midler’s post. But as it turns out, the fans were right, and she returned to the caption days later to issue a hilarious correction.

Changing the caption to “Hello Salem!” she added, “(Autocorrect – don’t mess with this witch!)” to the end of the tag, laughing at the technical glitch in the process.

Premiering this Friday (September 30) on Disney+, the long awaited sequel to the 1993s Hocus Pocus reunite Means stars Kathy Najimy and Sarah Jessica Parker as Mary Sanderson and Sarah Sanderson, respectively, as the trio of witches are accidentally brought back to life by three high school students in present-day Salem.

While original child stars Omri Katz, Vinessa Shaw and Thora Birch will not return for the sequel, the Sanderson sisters are joined by newcomers Hannah Waddington, Tony Hale, Whitney Peak, Lilia Buckingham and Belissa Escobedo. Additionally, original Hocus Pocus star Doug Jones will reprise his role as Billy Butcherson.

Check out Midler’s sassy edit Hocus Pocus 2 post below.

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