Bette Midler

It’s the battle of the gay icons! Bette Midler has slammed Lady Gaga for stealing her famous mermaid in a wheelchair act in a recent Sydney concert.

Gaga appeared on stage in a wheelchair to sing the song You and I, drawing criticism from differently-abled activists in Australia.

Midler (65) was also not impressed, taking to Twitter on Saturday to vent her anger.

“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 tweeted.

She continued later: “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.”

On Sunday, Midler, once again, tweeted: “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.”

Gaga (25), who has often been accused of “stealing” from other artists, spoke about the fracas on the Billy Bush radio show and insisted that she had not been aware that Midler had performed as a mermaid in a wheelchair.

“You know, I had no idea that she did that. I wanted to do the mermaid in that show and I figured well I’ll just put myself in a wheelchair so I can get around. You know, maybe we’re just cut from the same cloth,” she said with a laugh.

“I’m a huge Bette Midler fan and I’m happy now I guess I was able to tribute her,” she added.

Midler has since taken a conciliatory stance. “@ladygaga, let’s drink this over at the Emmy’s in September. Fabulous mermaids can coexist!”, she tweeted on Monday.

Watch Midler performing as Delores DeLago, the mermaid, below.

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