Last week, Lady Gaga irked a few people by performing in Australia dressed as a mermaid and rolling around in a wheelchair.
Well, guess who had a similar act back in the ’80s?
Bette Midler recently blasted Gaga on Twitter for allegedly stealing her bit.
“I’m not sure @Lady Gaga knows that I’ve performed my mermaid in a wheelchair for millions of people – and many of them are still alive.”
She then followed up with another tweet:
“Dear @Lady Gaga I’ve been doing singing mermaid in a wheelchair since 1980 – You can keep the meat dress and the firecracker tits, mermaid’s mine.”
As for Gaga, she says she had “no idea” that Midler did a mermaid-in-a-wheelchair act years ago, saying, “Maybe we’re just cut from the same cloth. I couldn’t hop around in that tail, so I just stuck myself in a wheelchair…I admire her and find her to be one of the most brilliant and incredible performers, so that’s all I’ll say.”
Fortunately, it all seems to be water under the bridge now, so to speak, with Midler tweeting:
“Let’s drink this over at the Emmys in September. Fabulous mermaids can coexist!”