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Audio: Lady Gaga On ‘Mermaidgate’

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Lady Gaga steals mermaid wheelchair routine from Bette Midler, according to Midler
New York Daily News
BY ALEXANDRA GALKIN
DAILY NEWS WRITER
Tuesday, July 19th 2011, 4:00 AM

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Lady Gaga’s recent wheelchair-riding performance brought the ire of handicapped groups, angry bloggers and now, Bette Midler.

But Midler has a different bone to pick. She claims Gaga’s controversial act was actually stolen from her.

The actress-singer took to Twitter over the weekend to confront the pop star.

“I’m not sure @ladygaga knows that I’ve performed my mermaid in a wheelchair for millions of people – and many of them are still alive. …” Midler tweeted, referring to Gaga’s ewest character, Yuyi the goth mermaid.

“Dear @ladygaga I’ve been doing singing mermaid in a wheelchair since 1980 –You can keep the meat dress and the firecracker tits – mermaid’s mine” she continued in her rant. “Dear @ladygaga if you think a mermaid in a wheelchair seems familiar – it’s because it is! You can see it on youtube 24/7 – with ME performing it.”

True to tweet, YouTube videos from as early as the ’80s show a colorful Midler as Delores DeLago, her own mermaid as a wheelchair stage personality.

“To this day [Bette] regrets never saying anything in the early ’80s when Madonna replaced her as the queen of vulgar without ever crediting her,” one source close to Midler told Huffington Post. “Now she’s had enough and needed to speak out. If it wasn’t for Bette there would be no Madonna and if it wasn’t for Madonna we would have no Lady Gaga.”

But by Sunday night, Midler was ready to make amends.

“@ladygaga, let’s drink this over at the Emmys in September,” Midler tweeted. “Fabulous mermaids can coexist!”

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9 thoughts on “Audio: Lady Gaga On ‘Mermaidgate’

  1. i’m sorry but surely at least one of her people when she or whoever suggest a mermaid in a wheelchair said oh yea like bette midler! not one single person realised!?! Something fishy there! (excuse the pun! :D) xxx

  2. One last thought and I have to get back to greening this city,so much to so, so little time…
    Anyhoots,
    Why, why, why did they use this pic of our Divine One? There are many more flattering pix to set next to Lady Ca-ca than this.
    Okay, that’s it for now kiddies – back to work!
    ~J

  3. I must admit though i was really quite surprised that Bette said anything, i wasn’t expecting that, but good on her! And remember on the royal variety at the end when everyone was on stage, gaga went upto bette and gave her a hug. At the time i thought wow she must be a fan to do that, but she didn’t know about delores?! Even my dad knows about delores and he is not a bette fan lol xxxx

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