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Bette Midler Says Lady Gaga Ripped Off Her Mermaid Character

Singer: 'You can keep the meat dress and the firecracker tits - mermaid's mine!'

July 18, 2011 9:50 AM ET
Bette Midler Says Lady Gaga Ripped Off Her Mermaid Character
Bette Midler's Delores Delago in 1978 (top) and Lady Gaga's Yuyi (below).
Wendy Redfern/Redferns/Getty Images (Midler), The Sydney Morning Herald/Fairfax Media via Getty Images(Gaga)

Lady Gaga has come under fire once again for her new wheelchair-bound mermaid alter ego Yuyi, this time from singer Bette Midler, who says the character is a direct rip-off of her own wheelchair-bound mermaid alter ego Delores Delago.

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In a tweet on Saturday, Midler wrote "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." Actually, Midler has been performing as Delago since her 1978 world tour.

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Gaga has not responded to Midler's tweet in public. Either way, the Divine Miss M has cooled off considerably and offered an olive branch to Mother Monster in a tweet yesterday. "@ladygaga, let's drink this over at the Emmys in September. Fabulous mermaids can coexist!"

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