Demi Lovato Angry at Disney Channel over Eating Disorder Joke
The network responded and said they were pulling the offending episode from the air
After watching a recent episode of the Disney Channel’s Shake It Up, the actress, 19, took to Twitter to express her anger and disapproval after a character made the comment, “I could just eat you up, well, if I ate,” in jest.
“What are we promoting here? #notfunnyATALL,” she Tweeted on Friday. “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 [it].”
And the network took notice.
Later that day, Lovato got a response from a Disney Channel rep, who said they were pulling the episode she originally referred to, along with an episode of So Random! that also pokes fun at food issues.
“It’s NEVER our intention to make light of eating disorders!” @DisneyChanelPR wrote shortly after Lovato’s comments.
The “Skyscraper” singer thanked the network, but added that she misses the days when actresses like Raven-Symoné and Hilary Duff were on the channel because now everyone on it seems to be “getting THINNER AND THINNER.”