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Gaga has already been ridiculed by outraged disability rights activists after the she took to the stage costumed as a mermaid bound to a wheelchair at a Sydney concert last week, and now Bette Midler has accused Gaga of copying her idea without giving due credit.
The pop star's controversial Mermaid-wheelchair stunt was actually Midler's invention decades ago, as the 65-year-old entertainer enthusiastically points out in a series of Twitter posts addressed to Gaga herself.
"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...," Midler wrote.
Bette continues, "Dear Lady Gaga 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..." And just to put a final point on it she tweets, "Dear Lady Gaga I've been doing singing mermaid in a wheelchair since 1980 - You can keep the meat dress and the firecracker t**s - mermaid's mine."
But Bette suggest that she's willing to forgive and forget after the public Gaga smack down, tweeting, "Let's drink this over at the Emmys in September. Fabulous mermaids can coexist!"
Gaga may be "Mother Monster," but it looks like Bette is "Mother Mermaid!" No response on Gaga's Twitter page as of yet, but hopefully she owns up to the rip-off/homage, rather than deny it all together, as she did with the Madonna comparisons. Whose side are you on in the battle of the wheelchair-bound water creatures?
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