In an interview with gay glossy The Advocate to pitch her latest studio album, It's the Girls, Bette Midler laments some of the changes in gay culture.

It's the Girls, Midler's 14th studio album, is a collection of girl group covers.

“My favorite thing about girl groups, real girl groups, is that they put themselves together and they made their own sound,” Midler said. “It wasn't a producer that came along and imposed his idea upon them. They came with their sound and then the producer enhanced that sound. So a group like the Spice Girls – I know a lot of people love them and I think they’re adorable – they just weren’t for me.”

Speaking about the gay culture of the 70s, Midler said she misses the “extreme characters you used to see in the Village” because “there was a feeling I used to get that people were expressing themselves in the most elaborate ways.”

“Now the [gay community] has kind of gone mainstream. It's sort of ordinary now, and a little bit of the specialness has rubbed away.”

“It used to be the love that dare not speak its name and now it’s the love that won’t shut the fuck up,” she joked, then added, “but seriously, the great thing about the gay revolution is that it has become ordinary and I’m happy to see how far it’s come and to see the community be more at peace with itself and, I want to say, more homogenized.”