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Lady Gaga Performs In Wheelchair – Bette Midler or Kurt Cobain Homage?

Lady Gaga in Oz...

Or none of the above?  It’s not like this is the first time Lady Gaga has used a wheelchair, forpitysake.  Uh, Paparazzi anyone?  But everyone all over The Interwebs, are flipping the eff right out over Gaga performing in a wheelchair during a performance in Australia. Oh, and they’re saying she was perhaps, mimicking Kurt Cobain who performed way back in in the day in a wheelchair during the Reading Festival. Honestly though, with the mermaid get-up, I see much more of an homage (ahem) to Bette Midler’s character, Delores Delago, who also appears onstage in a wheelchair–albeit an electric device.

Bette Midler, as Delores Delgado in Las Vegas

via DailyMail.co.uk:

Gaga is not the first music artists to use a wheelchair as a prop and many said she had ripped off Bette Midler’s famous stage character Delores Delago, a beached mermaid that appears on stage in a wheelchair.And at the 1992 Reading Festival, the late Kurt Cobain, the Nirvana frontman was wheeled on to the stage for their headlining set in a dig at journalists who had accused Kurt of being a drug addict and had made speculations about his mental health.”

Kurt was just trying to be “rebellious”…turns out, well, you know.
Photo: Charles Peterson/Retna

Hmmm.  Oddly enough, I was reminded more of Marilyn Manson than Bette or Kurt the first time I saw Gaga with the braces/crutches and wheelchair–but I get it with with the mermaid outfit.  Totally Bette.