Demi Lovato, who entered rehab last year for an eating disorder, has a message for former boss Disney, one the company is scrambling to heed: eating disorders are nothing to laugh about.
Lovato, who has been open with her fans about her struggle with bulimia, was furious when the Disney Channel, her old boss, made a joke about eating disorders on the TV show Shake It Up.
I could just eat you up, one of the characters quipped. Well, if I ate.
'What are we promoting here?'
Lovato, 19, starred as Sonny Munroe in Sonny With a Chance until her struggles with bulimia and bipolar disorder forced her to quit and seek professional help. So when she saw the kid and teen-oriented Disney channel make light of anorexia nervosa on the air, she took to Twitter to fire back.
I could just eat you up, well if I ate - Disney Chanel's Shake It Up…. What are we promoting here? #notfunnyATALL she tweeted to her 5,333,576 followers. 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.
Lovato then went on to slam the Disney channel for hiring actresses who looked thinner and thinner on screen. I miss the days of RAVEN and LIZZIE MAGUIRE, she posted, before ending with this zinger: Dear Disney Channel, EATING DISORDERS ARE NOT SOMETHING TO JOKE ABOUT.
Disney to Lovato: 'We hear you'
In addition to her vast network of Twitter followers, the former TV star and current singer obviously reached someone high up at the Disney Channel.
Shortly after Lovato's tweets, Disney's public relations team spring into action. In a response to the Skyscraper singer's posts, the company wrote, @ddlovato- we hear you & are pulling both episode as quickly as possible & reevaluating them.
From that tweet, it was apparent that the Disney Channel not only has a questionable Shake It Up episode playing (the episode in question was titled Party It Up), but that another show, which has been confirmed by TMZ as the program So Random!, also had questionable content set to air.
The Disney Channel has since made good on their promise and have yanked both the episodes. It's NEVER our intention to make light of eating disorders, the company tweeted, extending another olive branch to Lovato.
Demi Lovato Clarifies Comments
Disney's quick response and contrite tweets seemed to satisfy Lovato, who posted, @DisneyChannelPR thank you shortly after the episodes were yanked.
But the famously open star wasn't done making a statement about eating disorder awareness. She went back on Twitter once again... but this time, it was to clarify her open statements about skinny actress on the air.
Just clearing things up, I have nothing against any specific actress/actor or tv show, she tweeted. Nor do I think there's anything wrong with girls who aren't curvy.
I just was stating a fact that there needs to be more variety on television so young girls growing up don't feel pressured to look one specific way, Demi Lovato concluded in her marathon Twitter session. Tall, thin, curvy, short, whatever you are, you are beautiful.