FOF #1414 – The Mermaid Wars Rage On

Jul 18, 2011 · 55667 views

Put down your scaling knives ladies! Katy Perry, Bette Midler, Lady Gaga and Jackie Curtis (bottom right) all claim they came up with the idea of a mermaid in a wheelchair.

The fishy feud between Katy Perry and Lady Gaga over who wears a mermaid outfit best and who ultimately, is the power music diva of this generation has opened up on a new front: Bette Midler.

The Divine Miss M has made it clear there can be only one mermaid in a wheelchair, her! Joining in on the commotion Bette Midler tweeted “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.” Did Bette Midler just threaten Lady Gaga’s fans?

Put away your scaling knives ladies. Don’t worry Gaga, we got your back. What Bette Midler doesn’t want you to know is that the whole mermaid in a wheelchair bit originates from a show that Jackie Curtis, one of Andy Warhol’s drag queen superstars, put on in 1971. According to the book Superstar in a Housedress: The Life and Legend of Jackie Curtis, Bette saw trans actress Candy Darling on stage in a mermaid outfit in a wheelchair and then, the next year, Bette was wheeling herself around stage with a big shit-eating fin;)

Join us as we fill you in on all fishy goodness.

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Is the fad of planking, taking photos of yourself face down in a plank position over? Rapper Xzibit says planking is racist and not funny. What does he think of the new trend, Owling, which involves taking photos of yourself squatting in perched position?

HIV Resistant Super monkeys, Cher sings a song written by Lady Gaga

And San Diego’s Pride Parade had a record number of active military servicemen and women marching- with an estimated 350 soldiers showing up to celebrate.

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Featured Book:
Craig B. Highberger – Superstar in a Housedress: The Life and Legend of Jackie Curtis: Amazon

Featured Music:
SeanChapin1 – Therapizer: Youtubes



  1. Taylor Lautner has a shit eating grin after having lunch with Gus Van Sant And Dustin Lance Black.

  2. Andy says:

    How often do you practice your Cher voice, Fausto? You getting better and better at it!

  3. Paul says:

    Superman’s college girlfriend, Lois Lemaris, did mermaid in a wheelchair in 1959.
    Thanks for the podcasts!

  4. leaveittoherbeaver says:

    hey midler.. get over it… the mermaid in the wheelchair wasn’t YOUR idea either… has everyone forgot vaudville? (it was done waaay before the devine ms. M and gaga.)

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