Calling herself Yuyi and wearing a blue wig and a mermaid outfit, Lady Gaga performed for fans at Sydney’s Town Hall. Even though her fans loved it, Bette Midler was less than thrilled.
“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,” Bette Midler tweeted. “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.”
Midler is referring to her wheelchair mermaid performance that she has been performing since the 1980s! “Dear @ladygaga Ive been doing singing mermaid in a wheelchair since 1980,” she wrote the next day. “You can keep the meat dress and the firecracker tits — mermaid’s mine.”
Bette Midler was not going to let this go!
Lady Gaga’s response? “I had no idea that she did that and I’m a huge Bette Midler fan,” she told Billy Bush of Access Hollywood. “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.”
She went on to say, “Obviously I feel connected to women in theater and women from the past. All I’ll say is that I… admire her and find her to be one of the most brilliant and incredible performers, so that’s all I’ll say.”
Midler must have accepted her explanation, as she recently tweeted: “Let’s drink this over at the Emmys in September. Fabulous mermaids can coexist!”