Bette Midler is the original “Mermaid in a Wheelchair” and she won’t let you forget it!
The Australian fans who egged Lady Gaga after her “Mermaid in a Wheelchair” act weren’t the only ones who disliked the routine. Bette Midler decided to remind Gaga that she originated the “Mermaid in a Wheelchair” act on Twitter.
“I’m not sure @ladygaga knows that I’ve performed my mermaid in a wheelchair for millions of people — and many of them still alive,” Midler tweeted on July 15.
After no response from Gaga, Midler tweeted on the subject again the next day. “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.” Watch Midler’s “Mermaid in a Wheelchair” performance here.
Midler then sent another message to Gaga: “Dear @ladygaga Ive been doing singing mermaid in a wheelchair since 1980-You can keep the meat dress and the firecracker tits-mermaid’s mine.” Oh snap, there’s about to be a mermaid fight!
Midler’s tweets were not publicly acknowledged by Gaga, but we’re guessing a private conversation may have occurred as Midler recently tweeted, “@ladygaga let’s drink this over at the Emmys in September. Fabulous mermaids can coexist!” And they can also tweet.