Lately, it has come to the media attention an interesting war between two generations of artists: actress Bette Midler and pop artist Lady Gaga fight over the mermaid in wheelchair routine that both have performed…only Bette Midler has done it first, according to her Twitter comments.
On July 15, following Lady Gaga’s performance of the mermaid in wheelchair routine, famous actress Bette Midler has written the pop icon a message bringing to her attention that the act was initially performed by her, and therefore she has the author rights of the performance. “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 …” the actress wrote.
The next day, on July 16, Midler felt the need of expressing one more time her opinion on Lady Gaga’s dare to impersonate a character that she has been playing for years and that belongs to her. “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.”
Gaga did not send any comments back on the matter. Her Twitter has put on the first place the recent visit to Howard Stern and the promotion of the eccentric performer’s new album.
All in all, Midler wanted Gaga to acknowledge that she was the first artist to perform the mermaid in a wheelchair routine, thus challenging the singer’s originality. Several days earlier, Katy Perry posted a mermaid picture, drawing the ire of Laurieann Gibson, who is Lady Gaga’s creative director. He tweeted “Proud of my artist #1 in the world @Ladygaga her vision& passion. Even though they try to steal a tail there’s only 1 Mermaid, Swim On!!!”
Yesterday, something made Bette Midler change her mind about the war declared to the most powerful celebrity at the moment. She tweeted: “”@ladygaga let’s drink this over at the Emmys in September. Fabulous mermaids can coexist!”