Mister D: There’s not much to add to all the posts I’ve already made. The majority of publications, of course, are saying Bette wins the mermaid challenge. However, there is discrepancy as to whether Gaga knew what she was doing (did she not know about Delores Delago, was it an unspoken homage, or just a blatant rip-off). And GaGa and Bette fans are the ones battling it out. Although we have the truth on our side as to who was first, the little monsters just don’t seem to care about history or legacy….it’s really not worth arguing with them. Gaga’s their Queen and Bette is ours.
I’d like to share two well written comments with you. Hope the author’s don’t mind:
I think Bette has really shown class with her last tweet of reconciliation: â€œletâ€™s have a drink together at the Emmyâ€™sâ€¦.mermaids can coexistâ€..
Having read numerous blogs on the topic, the controversy is definitely mixed: Gaga fans saying Bette is over the hill and needs to retire and make room for the younger generation, and Bette fans saying Gaga stole her act (very trueâ€“Gaga was also accused of stealing a Madonna song as wellâ€“so much for the originality!).
I have to agree with the blogger that said at minimum Gaga should apologize to Bette for the intentional plagiarism. Also, it would have been a nice gesture on Gagaâ€™s part to acknowledge Bette for the mermaid/wheelchair bit. A â€œtip of the hatâ€ to Bette, would have been the appropriate thing for Gaga to doâ€“but then that would require that Gaga was a â€œLadyâ€.
Itâ€™s not too late for Gaga to do so. All she has to tweet is: â€œIâ€™ve always been a huge admirer of Betteâ€™s, and my mermaid/wheelchair bit is my way of paying homage to one of the greatest singer/actor/comediennes of all timeâ€“Bette Midlerâ€.
It really is time that people start crediting Bette for paving the way for their successes. Demonstrating admiration and tribute to someone can only enhance oneâ€™s reputation. Show a little class, Gaga, and share some of the credit.
Bette Midler â€œopened the door for trashy singers with bad taste and big titsâ€â€¦and fins.
Thereâ€™s nothing left out there thatâ€™s truly original; I get that. But Lady Gaga isnâ€™t even trying to make her art look like her own anymore. I half expect her to start wearing a single rhinestone glove and moonwalking any day now.
Sheâ€™s a gifted musician but people are going to stop paying attention to her art if she keeps painting with other artistsâ€™ colors.