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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!
"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.
Dear Disney Channel, EATING DISORDERS ARE NOT SOMETHING TO JOKE ABOUT.
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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