MERMAIDGATE 2011: Lady Gaga/Bette Midler Update

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Not to beat a dead unicorn, but Mermaidgate 2011 is still happening, people. We must discuss!

After seeing Lady Gaga dressed as a mermaid in a wheelchair (NBD), Bette Midler is staking her claim. The legendary singer recently tweeted, “Dear 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.”

Dem’s fightin’ words, Bette! And we totally get it: You were here in a mermaid costume and wheelchair first (and what a title that is to hold!). But we don’t think Lady Gaga meant any harm — she’s gone on record saying she had no clue that Bette already covered that (incredibly niche) territory, and that she’s also a big fan of hers.

So maybe it’s time we put this to bed? All this mermaid stuff is getting out hand. The next thing you know, there’ll be some ridiculous GIF of Lady Gaga in her meat dress transforming into The Little Mermaid’s Ariel or something ridiculous like that.

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