Demi Lovato Lashes Out at Disney Over Eating Disorder Joke
We all know how open former Disney darling Demi Lovato has been about her struggle with emotional and physical issues, and now Lovato is slamming Disney for an offensive joke about eating disorders made on Disney’s show Shake it Up.
One of the characters quipped, “I could just eat you up, well, if I ate,” and Lovato took to her Twitter account to express her anger with Disney for allowing this type of joke to be aired.
What are we promoting here? #notfunnyATALL. I find it really funny how a company can lose one of their actress’ from the pressures of an EATING DISORDER and yet still make [a] joke about that very disease.
Lovato also mentioned she thinks Disney Channel stars are becoming thinner and thinner as the years go by, and told her Twitter fans she “misses the days of Raven and Lizzie McGuire.”
After her tweets, Disney sent Lovato a letter explaining that they would pull that episode, as well as an episode of So Random! that also made fun of food issues. A Disney rep explained that it was not their intention to make light of eating disorders. Lovato then tweeted her thanks to Disney, but still believes that channels like Disney need to offer more variety on screen, so “young girls growing up don’t feel pressured to look one specific way.”