This, in turn, set off Bette Midler. She tweeted, "I've been doing singing mermaid in a wheelchair since 1980-You can keep the meat dress and the firecracker tits - mermaid's mine."
Actually, Miss Midler, the mermaid in a wheelchair shtick started with Lori Lemaris in the Superman comics of the 1950's. She was a student at the same college as Clark Kent who had her tail/legs wrapped in a blanket in her wheelchair. Supes never guessed she was a mermaid because he's too much of a gentleman to use his X-ray vision and see what was inside that blanket. (There's an upcoming issue of Sound Waves where Rhapsody and Melody have a girls' day out on land together. Melody gets around by wrapping her tail in a blanket and cruising around on a Rascal. Rhapsody gets the idea from the Superman comic, and I point this out. Besides, if Rhapsody is going to cite a musical inspiration, I'd rather have her cite Lady Gaga than the Walmart version of Cher).
So, no, Midler, mermaid in a wheelchair is not yours and never was. You may go back to being irrelevant now.