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Lady Gaga and Bette Midler's mermaid-wheelchair beef: Over before it began?

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Lady Gaga has had some well-documented ups and downs since the release of Born This Way, and for every victory (one million sold!) there seems to be a half dozen slights (Rihanna is now more popular than Gaga on Facebook).

Gaga’s latest opponent? None other than Bette Midler, who saw her Ladyship take the stage in Australia in a wheelchair while dressed like a mermaid and thought it looked awfully familiar.

It turns out Midler crafted just such a character way back in the ’80s, and she named her Delores DeLago (who sounds less like a handicapped fish-woman and more like a broadly drawn John Leguizamo character, but we’ll let that slide for now).

To drive her point home, Midler took to Twitter to let Ms. Gaga know that she felt slighted:

“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,” she wrote. Not satisfied with just the one message, she followed up with two more, including, “Dear @ladygaga I’ve been doing singing mermaid in a wheelchair since 1980-You can keep the meat dress and the firecracker tits, mermaid’s mine.”

Though Gaga did not respond to Midler’s tweets directly, she had a change of heart and resolved the whole beef before the battle (which EW was ready to call “Fingate”) could ever really get started. “Let’s drink this over at the Emmys in September,” Midler tweeted to Gaga. “Fabulous mermaids can coexist!”

Now that the two divas have mended their barely-damaged fence, let’s get into another mermaid-related war: We hear that Hipster Ariel has been saying some nasty things about Daryl Hannah (something about snarfblatts).

And hey, just for the heck of it, here’s Bette Midler on Seinfeld. You’re welcome.

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Read more from EW.com:
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Originally posted July 18 2011 — 5:41 PM EDT

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