Bubble, bubble, we’re in trouble ’cause it turns out we do not have quoted incorrectly Hocus Pocus all this time.
As of September 27 Hocus Pocus 2 first, Bette Midlerwho plays Winifred Sanderson in the beloved classic, has shut down rumors of a misquote.
“Salem, not sailors!” she exclusively told E! News, referencing his greeting that preceded the film’s iconic “I Put A Spell On You” performance. “Why should I say ‘Hello, sailors’? No, no, it’s Salem – ‘Hello, Salem.'”
Midler went on to joke that “sailors” wouldn’t make sense because “there’s no water there.” Well, that’s a mystery solved.
All this sleight of hand started going wild on September 23 when Midler herself incorrectly quoted the film on Instagram, writing, “Hello sailors. My name is Winifred, what’s yours?” But fans of the movie couldn’t help but notice the supernatural slip-up. “Wait… they’re sailors, aren’t Salem?” one viewer wrote, while another joked that they were “years old today when I heard she said ‘Sailors’ instead of ‘Salem'”.