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Demi Lovato Slams Disney For Eating Disorder Joke On Its Own TV Show!

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Good for her! It's absolutely despicable that this kind of joke would fly - and on a children's network!

Demi Lovato has made no secret of her struggles with eating disorders, which ultimately led her to abandon her show Sonny With A Chance and seek treatment this time last year, and apparently, after seeing an episode of the Disney series Shake It Up in which a character says "I could just eat you up, well if I ate," the actress took to Twitter to share her disgust of the tactless line!

She wrote:

"I could just eat you up, well if I ate" - Disney Chanel's Shake It Up…. 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 joke about..

…that very disease….. #nice.

And is it just me or are the actress' getting THINNER AND THINNER…. I miss the days of RAVEN, and LIZZIE MCGUIRE.


Just clearing things up, I have nothing against any specific actress/actor or tv show.. 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. Tall, thin, curvy, short, whatever you are, you are beautiful.

Thankfully, reps from the company's PR account quickly responded with:

@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!

As they should! The line should have never aired in the first place!

We understand that entertainment geared toward kids is a tricky medium, as one wants to keep parents entertained as well, but to let careless lines like that - which carry much more gravity than one might initially assume - make it onto a CHILDREN'S SHOW is just irresponsible, and we're grateful that young celebs like Demi are vigilant and letting them know that it's NOT OKAY!

We want our youth to be happy, healthy, and CONFIDENT!

Thanks for speaking up, gurl! You are truly such an inspiration!

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39 comments to “Demi Lovato Slams Disney For Eating Disorder Joke On Its Own TV Show!”

  1. 1

    americans really like drama, they over react at everything, it's annoying

  2. 2

    That particular episode was from several months ago. Why now?

  3. 3

    OK… overreaction. People need to grow thicker skin. If we start pulling every episode that rubs us the wrong way, there won't be any more original tv.

  4. 4

    Its not just shake it up that made a comment about eating disorders. So random did too, "angus only eats one meal a week." And they said it like it was something proud. The clip in on youtube. The point is that this shouldn't be happening, these diseases are so serious and take tons of lifes everyday.

  5. 5

    totally agree with her… the actress of that serie actually look TOO THIN, my sister even start a diet because she felt overweight in comparision with them and she just have 12… so good for demi!

  6. 6

    Put eating disorders back in the closet Demi. Demi, if you look through history, and I know you have been busy, joking about things has kept a light on them. The RatPack ( you may have to look that up ) often used their routine to "joke" about racism w/ Sammy Davis jr.. Disney churns out crap and occasional talent a certain "achey brakey heart chica has no talent but a lot of disney. Be apart of the solution. Do s/thing and that doesn't include hanging out with the horrible Kardashians.

  7. 7

    It would depend which character said it, if it were one of the two girls that acted on Shake It Up, then I would understand. In general, this era of Disney Channel shows fucking suck. They're running out of ideas and they're basically ripping off other shows. The Disney Channel that I grew up with was Raven and Hilary Duff. After the first HSM movie, Disney Channel started making shows similar to that. They need to stop.

  8. 8

    Bitch please! Everyone knows you didn't have a eating disorder. You had a break down because you couldn't handle the pressure of staying in the Closet.

  9. 9

    This Chic DOES NOT have an eating disorder….LOOK AT WHAT A FAT SLOB SHE IS….this cow eats & drinks everything in sight…..

  10. 10

    She is completely overreacting. A joke is a friggin joke, I'm sure no one else thought Disney was making light of EDs. Because her sensitive self couldn't handle a joke, she just took money out of people's pockets just in time for Christmas by getting those episodes pulled. Nice job.

  11. 11

    I think the point she was trying to make was the fact that this joke was aimed at a young audience who are becoming more and more concerned with how they look. It's also an inappropriate joke to make on a channel where one of it's stars was famously torn apart by her eating disorder, she's right to make a fuss.

  12. livvi says – reply to this


    It wasn't even one of the main characters who said it. Plus a child who is still watching Disney Channel shouldn't even be old enough to know what an eating Disorder is to in fact get what the joke was about.
    All Demi is doing is brainwashing her fans. Making them think everyone who is thin has a porblem So her little Sober is sexy thing Making her fans think everyone who drinks abuses it just because she did.

    I use to love Demi but recently she has been pissing me off. She needs to lowkey her whole treatment stuff. We get it. Stop riding ont he fact it brought people to feel sorry for you and buy all your stuff.
    It just proves she isn't ready to be in the public eye again if she cant handle little jokes here and there.

  13. 13

    LOOK, it's BOY GEORGE. what a joke

  14. 14

    That's it Demi… keep biting the hand of the company that made you a rich, self-important, superstar.

  15. 15

    Ugh this whole thing is a nightmare. Screw you Demi, you attention whore. Just because you aren't relevant doesn't mean you have to remind everyone of your brief encounter with an eating disorder. Bitch PLEASE, that is NOT a disease. I know I at many times feel insecure about my looks, but eating disorders are just superficial.

  16. 16

    i like demi but really when i watched that episodes MONTHS ago with my little sister i never thought of it as the way she's putting it…..i understand what she says about eating disorders and stuff but i think she's blowing stuff WAYYYY out of proportion!! everything that someone says nowadys is taking way to seriously!!! CALM DOWN EVERYONE!!!!!!!!

  17. 17

    Dearest Demi…please stop wearing that ridiculous Boy George hat. PLEASE. It looked ridiculous on him and it's looks beyond ridiculous on you. Seriously. Burn the hat.

  18. 18

    Lmao she does look Boy George.

  19. 19


  20. 20

    Who hoisted this jackass on us without consideration for the good of man anyway? Did she win a poll or something,or did Selena sell her the formula?

  21. Uruha says – reply to this


    As someone who was anorexic/bulimic for seven years, this line isn't offensive at all. Disney is always saying dumb shit in their shows. And didn't Demi only have an "eating disorder" for like a week?

    And I absolutely agree with everyone else…this photo is so unbecoming for her…this style just doesn't suit her.

  22. 22


  23. 23

    Why does the girl insist on looking like either Boy George or Catherine Zeta Jones

  24. 24

    that lipstick, the dyed hair color, all she needs is some sharpied in eyebrows and she will look like your run of mill mexican girl in Cali lol

  25. 25

    Re: raypearson – Look - it's the illegitemate love child of Boy George and Wynonna Judd, and she's got both their chins.

  26. Uruha says – reply to this


    Re: boxergal – Lol you nailed her! Also the nose stud looks awful. She has the raw beauty potential but she's dressing herself up in the most unflattering looks. WHY?! She needs to fire her stylist.

  27. 27

    Perez, you're such an idiot.

    First of all, she didn't only disrespect a company she worked for, but also the tv shows AND the girls who work for them. Which makes her an hypocrite because she's criticizing those girls bodies. She's doing exactly what people did to her.

    She needs to have some respect for the company who gave her the support she needed.

    I've never heard the Disney Channel crew/owners saying in public all the things that I can only imagine she used to do. She left a tour in the middle of it, she punched one of the dancers, she used to do drugs on set and she was an alcoholic.

    She has never tweeted the disgusting things she has done, so she doesn't have to rant about Disney in a public web site.

  28. 28

    And you also "forgot" to write about the fact that she ONLY tweeted "I have nothing against… blah blah blah" hours later because one of those actresses' father was asking her to apologize to his daughter.
    … And, of course, While tweeting about "clearing things up", she tweets the lyric video of her next fucking single. No shit. Fame-whore.

  29. 29

    I don't see the show so i don't know anything about the context. At first side i think demi's right. Everyone has their opinion but i'm a little bit sock with this comments. You are just bullying her.

  30. livvi says – reply to this


    Re: NicoleCth – exactly. Demi had no intention to say "every girls body type is beautiful" She was slamming the girls on the show & girls who are skinny. She only said it hours after because Zendaya's dad. Demi's turning hypocritical. She's perfectly fine to bash peoples image but the minute someone says it about her "it's all I had an eating disorder, be gently with me"
    & yeah it is funny how she then suddenly released her lyric video for her next single. Bitch just wants peoples money & will stoop low to get it. Been spending a little too much time with Kim Kardashian.

  31. 31

    1) People need to stop saying everyone is beautiful. It's simply not true which is why not everyone should be on camera

    2) For Perez to slam eating disorders and then choosing the most unflattering pic of Lovato looking bigger than normal is hypocritical

    3) Lets be honest. Lovato isnt an attractive young starlet so the reason we even know her name is because Disney tries avoiding the "hotties" like Victoria Justice in favor of actors that range from plain vanilla girls to downright HD disturbing. So to attack them over a joke proves that she doesn't understand that Disney is pioneering ugly tv and she is a byproduct.

    4) Pulling an episode takes money out of actors pockets. She made millions already, they didn't.

    5) A joke is a joke. Disney sucks for catering to one of their FORMER stars and treating her like someone who matters.

  32. 32

    Classy as always Disney.

  33. 33

    Re: My Cheating Husband is Missing – you obviously never saw her before. she was extremely thin. She went to rehab and gained weight.

  34. 34

    Re: Phibes
    LOOOOL and got both their chins. haha i laughed

  35. 35

    Re: My Cheit is ating Husband is Missing – when you have nothing positive to say …say nothing at all i don't want to say that you're ignorant cuz that might be too good a description for you but i will say this Shup up fool

  36. 36

    It's so inspiring and refreshing to know that someone as talented as Demi is standing up for her beliefs… especially after all that she's been through. The ones who are commenting (i.e."she's being overly dramatic") have obviously never been through a real eating disorder. An eating disorder, mental illnesses, substance abuse, etc. are knowledgeable about how difficult and painful it is to live with the addictions and inner demons. Someone who REALLY knows how miserable and painful those feelings are WOULD and SHOULD stick up for what they believe in and what they know. Moreover, MORE celebrities should be doing the same thing as Demi, inspiring girls everywhere that weight or a number doesn't make you who you are.

  37. 37

    Everybody should just shut the fuck up. She isn't overreacting. Disney Channel is showing our children, which are the future of tomorrow, that if you aren't a certain pant size, you will never be pretty/perfect. And she's right, I truly agree. Why isn't their a variety of body types in every show? I've only seen them on Good Luck Charlie and Austin and Ally. But those were the recent ones added. And I bet a life time that they had to work like never before to get their part. And they aren't even big ones. They are just best friend roles. So I think she has all the right to be angry at Disney. Love is louder than the pressure to be perfect. Remember that, ya'll

  38. 38

    Honestly, if people have nothing nice to say about Demi then why are you on this page? Are you that insecure that you have to insult somebody that has already been thought a lot. Tell me, how do you that what she went through wasn't real? I'm sure if you were bullied and probably were because you're on here saying stupid shit, you would take offense to any little thing. Eating disorders are real , celebrities are no different then you and me and people need to stop being assholes and really need to realize that.

  39. 39

    Is she cutting again? If you look at her arm you can see marks. :-( I hope she is okay.