40 Culturally Relevant Mermaids

Well, friends, it’s happened: the Lady Gaga fans have declared war on the Katy Perry fans. (Apparently, these are not the same people.) The beef? Only a few weeks after Gaga appeared as Yuyi the Mermaid on French TV and news spread that the character would featured in her next music video, Katy Perry tweeted a photo of herself dressed as Ariel. So the mermaid feud is on (minus, it would seem, the interest of either pop star). Now, here at Flavorpill, we’re big fans of our finned friends and will take all the pop-culture mermaids we can get. In fact, we’ve collected 40 of our favorites after the jump.

Darryl Hannah in Splash

John William Waterhouse, A Mermaid (1901)

Ann Blyth in Mr. Peabody and the Mermaid

Shel Silverstein’s “The Mermaid” (covered, above, by Bobby Bare)