If you’re over the age of eighteen, chances are you don’t really remember who Demi Lovato is, so I’ll keep this short: used to be a Disney star, pressured to the point where she ended up snapping, beat the shit out of one of her back-up dancers, and allegedly had a slew of eating disorders, substance abuse issues and cutting. Which is pretty much what happens when you push your teenage daughter into a medium where her every move and appearance is meticulously judged by an unfeeling public. Anyway, after a Disney show made a joke about eating disorders, Demi publicly bashed her former parent company for making light of a serious issue. Us Weekly reports:
Lovato, 19, who entered rehab last year for bulimia and bipolar disorder was upset with a character who quipped, “I could just eat you up, well if I ate.”
“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 joke about that very disease. #nice,” the singer and former star of “Sonny With a Chance,” tweeted Friday.
Lovato added: “And is it just me or are the actress’ [on Disney Channel] getting THINNER AND THINNER…. I miss the days of RAVEN, and LIZZIE MCGUIRE,” referencing former Disney actresses Raven Simone and Hilary Duff. She then sent one final message to her former employer: “Dear Disney Channel, EATING DISORDERS ARE NOT SOMETHING TO JOKE ABOUT.”
In addition to reaching more than five million followers, Lovato’s rant clearly made it to Disney. Just a few hours later the company’s official public relations responded to her with two tweets:
“@ddlovato – we hear you & are pulling both episodes as quickly as possible & reevaluating them”
“@ddlovato – It’s NEVER our intention to make light of eating disorders!”
Let’s try and remember how various Disney stars have ended up here:
- Britney Spears: Massive breakdown
- Christina Aguilera: Massive breakdown
- Lindsay Lohan: Massive breakdown
- Demi Lovato: Massive breakdown
This massive breakdown was brought to you by the magic of Disney! Guh-hah!