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Bette Midler Extends Olive Branch to Lady Gaga

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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.


Bette Midler Blasts Lady Gaga For Mermaid Wheelchair Bit

MidlerDelago Lady Gaga caused some controversy during a concert in Sydney last week, when she rolled onto stage as a mermaid in a wheelchair.

Differently-abled activists were upset by Gaga's antics, and some demanded an apology, and may have been behind Gaga nearly getting egged while coming out of a gay bar this weekend.

Singer Bette Midler, however, has a different bone to pick: she took to Twitter to remind Gaga that she originated the Mermaid wheelchair bit over three decades ago.

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," The Divine Ms. M wrote. "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"

She also remarked, "I've been doing singing mermaid in a wheelchair since 1980-You can keep the meat dress and the firecracker tits - mermaid's mine."

Midler forgot to mention that Kurt Cobain also used a wheelchair during a 1992 performance.

Watch Midler's Mermaid character, Delores Delago, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Bruce Vilanch: James Franco Wasn't Smoking Anything at The Oscars

New York magazine's Vulture asked Oscar writer and comedy veteran Bruce Vilanch to comment on James Franco's widely-panned Oscar performance, and Franco wasn't happy with what Vilanch had to say, tweeting out a photo which he deleted shortly thereafter, but not before folks had taken notice.

Franco Said Vilanch of the rumor that Franco was under the influence of marijuana:

No, he wasn't high. I was with him, and he wasn't high. And I asked him, 'Are you high, and can I have some?' And he said no to both."

Vilanch also suggested that perhaps the Oscars were out of Franco's comfort zone, or that he had too much going on.

"He has so many balls in the air, he didn't get to town till Thursday before the show on Sunday. And so we e-mailed a lot. But we had a lot of meetings. He had a bunch of people who were writing for him, and if it had been him alone, it would have been different. But it was him and Anne Hathaway, and they both had to be serviced. So there was a lot of communication beforehand. But he didn't get there...I don't think he realized how big a deal it is to do it until he was actually confronted with it. I think he thought he would kind of ... I don't know what he thought. I thought maybe it was a performance-art prank, and then I realized he sincerely wanted to do it. But it's outside of those guys' comfort zones. The only people who know how to host those shows are people who get up onstage every night and say, 'Good evening, ladies and gentlemen. A funny thing happened ... ' Or people like Bette [Midler] who get up and sing all night and tell stories."

Franco's tweet (right, via Gawker) mocked Vilanch, and the Divine Miss M.


News: Olympic Torch, Marie Osmond, White Night Riots, Bette Midler

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Obama and Cheney face off with speeches on terrorism.

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Today marks the 30th anniversary of San Francisco's White Night riots, which happened after a court handed down the most lenient sentence possible to Dan White (voluntary manslaughter) for the murders of Harvey Milk and George Moscone.

Flamee What was Vancouver smoking when they designed the new Olympic torch?

Army veteran Brian Hughes in WSJ: Time to end 'Don't Ask, Don't Tell'.

New Hampshire Republican lawmaker and marriage equality supporter reveals "festering wound" of Governor John Lynch's request for revision of marriage legislation. GOP urging veto.

NOM comes out biting on NH.

First screen shots of Rihanna and Kanye West's new video "Paranoid".

Gerard Butler acts like the village idiot at The Village Idiot.

Castillodellago Castillo del Lago, former Madonna home goes on sale for $15 million. "When Pytka bought the mansion from Madonna in the mid-'90s for roughly $5 million, he considered it a standout compared with what else was on the market. Under her ownership, the house gained its notable red-and-yellow exterior. Although Pytka researched the home's history and looked at the original color, he opted to keep Madonna's color scheme."

General assembly of the Church of Scotland divided over gay minister: "On Saturday evening, elders will debate the appointment of Mr Rennie, a 36-year-old divorced father-of-one, as minister at Queen's Cross Church in Aberdeen."

1969: New York Public Library to feature exhibit on emergence of gay liberation.

Marie Osmond discusses her lesbian daughter Jessica: "I love my daughter! She's my baby girl, come on. So what if she's gay? She's my daughter and she's an amazing woman and a good kid. I raised her, she better be good." You may remember her recent radio interview on the subject.

Colorado Governor signs bill allowing gay employees to share benefits with their partners.

50bette Bette Midler and 50 Cent: New BFFs.

On the red carpet at LOGO's NewNowNext Awards...

Nevada Domestic Partnership bill called "vital" for state economy: "Our state cannot afford to lose any more revenue to other destinations because of a reputation as a place which is not socially or politically the right place to do business or to vacation."

D.C. Democrats in same-sex marriage debate.

Massachusetts marriage equality works: debunking the lies of the Right.

Investigation of Ireland's Catholic-run schools reveals rampant sexual abuse of students by male priests.

Anti-gay former Santa Fe, Texas city council candidate Michael Aldous arrested on drug possession charges: "During his campaign for a seat on the Santa Fe City Council, in which his father, Warren Aldous also ran, the two promised voters that if elected they would try to slash the budget of the Santa Fe Police Department in half.  Michael was battered in the press for making derogatory remarks against "homos" referring to an announced gay candidate."


Bette Midler Stumps for Obama at Gay Nightclub in Vegas

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Bette Midler stumped for Obama at Las Vegas' gay nightclub Krave on Monday night:

"Midler perched on a stool at the front of the club's stage, facing a packed dance floor. Wearing a leopard-print mini-dress and matching gloves, she proceeded to tell a few hundred of her closest friends what was on Miss M's mind. 'I am so distressed about this election, oh my God,' she said confessionally. 'I haven't left my house in days. I watch the news channels incessantly. All the news stories are about the election; all the commercials are for Viagra and Cialis. Election, erection, election, erection -- either way we're getting screwed!' Midler said she has sung for candidates and raised money for candidates, but she's speaking out more than ever before in this election because Obama has moved her more than any candidate before him. 'I come from an extremely poor family,' said Midler, whose father was a house painter. 'I know I look divine now, but I was not always divine.' Her humble background, she said, taught her to value hard work. 'I had big dreams,' she said. 'You know me. You've watched me for 40 frickin' years. Every single dream I had my entire life came true. Barack Obama says only in America could his story happen, and I totally understand because only in America could my story happen.'"

A couple of clips, AFTER THE JUMP...

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Towleroad Guide to the Tube #359

BILL CLINTON: Appears on The View...

DALLAS MURDER: A 365gay report about the missing body I posted about in mid-September.

WAKE UP AMERICA: Not again! A message from filmmaker Brian Feehan.

BETTE MIDLER: Parodies the Madonna vacuuming movie in a promo for her new album.

Check out our previous guides to the Tube here.


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