Bette Midler accuses Lady-Gaga of stealing wheel-chair bound, mermaid persona

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Lady Gaga has offended another ageing diva. After seeing photos of Lady Gaga's recent on-stage foray as her alter-ego Yuyi, the glamorous, handicapped mermaid, Midler confronted the young artist via twitter, accusing Gaga of stealing her own wheel-chair bound persona, Delores Delago.

The idea that Gaga's Yuyi was an homage to the veteran singer's Delago never seemed to cross her mind, as Midler had some choice words for the singer. Posted on Gaga's twitter account, she said:

"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."

Because 1980 is six years before the Little Gaga came into this world, and nearly twenty years before the singer incorporated Yuyi alongside her wardrobe of beef ensembles and firecracker tits, Midler would certainly seem to have mermaid-dibs. But it also seems like Midler may have realized she'd overreacted (or she's been subject to a barrage of hate-mail from Gaga's Little Monsters posse), since Midler tweeted a follow-up:

"@ladygaga, let's drink this over at the Emmys in September. Fabulous mermaids can coexist!"

And so, it seems, they've amicably settled their differences. And here I was hoping for a wheelchair race.