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Bette Midler Extends Olive Branch to Lady Gaga


A few hours after blasting Lady Gaga on Twitter for lifting her Delores Delago mermaid-in-a-wheelchair character, Bette Midler decided that she'd rather drink than fight.

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  1. Smart move. Gaga should be okay with this.

    Posted by: Married in MA | Jul 18, 2011 10:31:23 AM

  2. Smart move. People will hate her if she doesn't also love Gaga like them. Gaga is everything. If you don't like Gaga, you're anti-gay and not serious about the gay rights movement. She said so herself. So people better figure out which side they're on before it's too late.

    Posted by: luminum | Jul 18, 2011 10:36:35 AM

  3. GaGa should be okay with this? She stole Bette's act; GaGa should be thankful Bette is so graceful.

    Posted by: Aram | Jul 18, 2011 10:36:49 AM

  4. Yawn...

    Bette Midler wishes she could hook on to Gaga's celebrity.

    Gaga has had fun with Cher, Madonna, Beyonce & more. Why should she make time for a bitter, old, woman???

    It's over, Bette. You are over.

    Posted by: Pete n SFO | Jul 18, 2011 10:38:37 AM

  5. Gaga has purposefully drawn on connections to many gay icons, not just Bette obviously. To those who keep saying Gaga 'stole' all of these things without context, do you also believe the same of Madonna who, throughout her career, re-used images of other gay icons, from Marilyn to Marlene?

    Posted by: Gregoire | Jul 18, 2011 10:41:55 AM

  6. Thanks for this update, I'll be able to sleep well tonight. Lord knows I was tossing and turning over the Midler vs. GaGa Twitter fued.

    Posted by: Christian | Jul 18, 2011 10:56:59 AM

  7. *feud, argh.

    Posted by: Christian | Jul 18, 2011 10:58:08 AM

  8. I'm a proud little monster and adore GaGa's creativity and visions...but it's one thing to draw on the works of those that have trailed the way, another to basically do an exact "cover" of someones elses bit and not credit them. I'm sure GaGa had no harmful intentions, but I can't blame Bette for feeling protective of something she created. If anything, it makes me even more of a Bette fan that she reached back out to GaGa. Bette was one of the forerunners of the gay movement support. She got her start in the bathhouses. I think this is her way of saying...we gay icons and true creative artists have got to stick together and support one another. Way to go Miss M.

    Posted by: Jeff | Jul 18, 2011 11:07:13 AM

  9. Some of you Gaga fans are so nasty and crass. Bette Midler has a small part in gay history. She supported our community way back in the early 70's where she got her start singing in gay bathhouses. NOW, the young guys are ready to throw her under the bus because they are infatuated with a new icon (one who shamelessly & humorously rips offs past artists for her new works).

    In 20 years Lady Gaga will be a has-been (I'd actually give it closer to 5 years) and a new crop of young gay men will be demouncing HER if Gaga messes woth the new icon of the day.

    Why call Bette a bitter old woman? The people who say that are clearly bitter and vindictive themselves. Bette immediately laughed it off and tweeted the above. If Harvey Milk were alive today and said an unkind remark about Gaga, some of you rope-a-dopes would throw HIM under the bus. Is it worth it to throw our history out in order to defend a mildly talented singer who is the current soup of the day?

    Posted by: will | Jul 18, 2011 11:11:18 AM

  10. will

    don't take the gaga twinks too seriously, more likely than not they are strung out on tina or some such

    Posted by: mstrozfckslv | Jul 18, 2011 11:17:28 AM

  11. Oh, get over it, Will. Bette Midler is a nasty person. She attacks people she's threatened by. She's over 60 and instigating a tweet war? Pathetic. Her initial tweet came off as desperate and lame. And calling her some kind of gay hero and comparing her to Milk is a laugh. Please go back to her expressed discomfort with her bathhouse past AND with same-sex marriage. Saying GaGa will be a has-been sounds a lot like the people who said the same of Madonna (and probably the same of Bette).

    But as for "old," all this crap about people stealing is what's old. Madonna and Bette have done lots with nostalgic references in their own work. NOBODY. IS. 100%. ORIGINAL. IN. POP. MUSIC.

    Posted by: Matthew Rettenmund | Jul 18, 2011 11:26:38 AM

  12. Yeah Bettes such a gay icon who has done so much for us - that's why she supported gay marriage from the get go. NOT!

    Posted by: Allen | Jul 18, 2011 11:37:32 AM

  13. Oh and Madonna, the paragon of family values, was also late to the gay marriage bus. Hero's of the movement, both.

    Posted by: Allen | Jul 18, 2011 11:41:42 AM

  14. Matthew: Bette telling somebody to stop stealing her act is hardly "instigating a tweet war" (in fact, there was only one tweet and one follow-up)

    But let's look. Within the course of a couple of sentences you refer to Bette as "threatened" (by Gaga); as "pathetic"; "desperate and lame". Does this not appear to be over the top to you? Perhaps you are a drama queen who gets off on hyperbolic language.

    Posted by: will | Jul 18, 2011 11:44:10 AM

  15. Jesus. Look at these bitches fighting!

    I'm not talking about Bette and Gaga.

    Posted by: Astro Boy | Jul 18, 2011 12:21:17 PM

  16. Will, Matthew has never been a fan of Bette. He's allowed Gaga to join Madonna as the objects of his adoration, but if anyone dares say anything that's not fawning over one of those two he loses a little perspective.

    Posted by: ger | Jul 18, 2011 12:39:37 PM

  17. Did Gaga even reply to the 1st tweet? Sounds like a one sided war. lol

    Posted by: Billy | Jul 18, 2011 1:31:29 PM

  18. GRACEFUL? Bette it many things, but graceful not! Lol.

    Really Bette, first you bash GaGa over a this thing, now you demand she drink with you.

    Get over yourself.

    Posted by: TomJ | Jul 18, 2011 1:54:19 PM

  19. Now that's the Bette we all know & love! I was a bit surprised at Midler's snappiness at Gaga's attempt at flattery; imitation being such. After all, can only Nancy Sinatra wear go-go boots? Must RuPaul be the only drag queen with BIG hair? Is Elton John the only rock star permitted to wear be-dazzled eyeglasses? I'm more upset about the use of the term "Differently-abled" in the original piece on this story. What do you mean by "Differently-abled?"

    Posted by: A.J.Aguilera | Jul 18, 2011 1:55:45 PM

  20. I love Bette. She definitely did the right thing here. I am 33 and have loved Bette forever. But face the facts--90% of those <50 years of age have no idea who she is or what songs she's recorded and made hits. On the other hand, GaGa is one of the biggest performers in the world right now and is bigger than Bette ever was. I am sure GaGa had no idea Bette even did a mermaid stint in her prior performances. And if she did, Bette should be grateful to GaGa for paying her homage.

    Posted by: Dr. Christopher Blackwell | Jul 18, 2011 3:11:38 PM

  21. "On the other hand, GaGa is one of the biggest performers in the world right now and is bigger than Bette ever was."

    Bette Midler was a top box office draw at the movies for a while in the 1980s and early 90s. She was a comedic movie star. Does Lady Gaga have a screen presence? I guess we'll find out.

    And as far as Madonna "borrowing" from Marilyn Monroe and Marlene Dietrich: atleast they were dead. The people she "borrowed" Voguing from were alive and well.

    Posted by: Derrick from Philly | Jul 18, 2011 3:25:29 PM

  22. I'm delighted that someone referred to me as a twink, b/c I referred to Bette (rightfully) as a bitter, old woman.

    Hilarious, really. I'm 50; understand Bette's 'contributions' completely, & am hardly a 'little monster'.

    I have nothing against Bette, really, aside from her stupidity around marriage-equality. I DO have a thing about people trying to hop a FAME-express train when desperate to regain public attention.

    Big. BIG. Difference.

    Posted by: pete N SFO | Jul 18, 2011 3:53:37 PM

  23. and seriously,

    how many ways are there to get someone in a mermaid costume on-stage?!!

    lol... really.

    Posted by: pete N SFO | Jul 18, 2011 3:55:43 PM

  24. It's nice when people get along. However, Bette's original complaint has no merit. Dressing up as a mermaid onstage is not intellectual property any more that writing stories about mermaids. Midler, Gaga, Hans Christian Andersen and anyone else are all allowed to make artistic use of mermaids, which are an ancient concept in folk culture. No is "stealing".

    Posted by: Anthony-S | Jul 18, 2011 5:27:48 PM

  25. I like both of them. It is kinda lame that Gaga stole the mermaid thing (though maybe she herself wasn't aware and it was somebody else's doing). But it is lamer that Bette would attack Gaga directly over it. She should have let her fans do it themselves, or at least made a fake twitter to call her out.

    Posted by: testintgon | Jul 18, 2011 5:30:30 PM

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