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Demi Lovato Slams Disney Over Eating Disorder Joke

LOS ANGELES (CBS) – Demi Lovato has been open about her personal struggles – including seeking treatment last year for “emotional and physical issues” – and now the actress is publicly fuming over a joke made about eating disorders on the Disney Channel show “Shake It Up.”

The singer-actress, 19, took to her Twitter account to express her anger after one of the show’s characters quipped, “I could just eat you up, well, if I ate.”

“What are we promoting here? #notfunnyATALL,” Lovato 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 that very disease.”

“And is it just me or are the actress’ getting THINNER AND THINNER…. I miss the days of RAVEN, and LIZZIE MCGUIRE,” she added, referring to actresses Raven-Symone and Hilary Duff.

Lovato, the former star of the Disney Channel’s “Sonny with a Chance,” continued, “Dear Disney Channel, EATING DISORDERS ARE NOT SOMETHING TO JOKE ABOUT.”

Later that day, Lovato got a message from a Disney Channel rep, who said the company is pulling that episode of “Shake It Up,” along with an episode of “So Random!” that also poked fun at food issues, according to People magazine.

“It’s NEVER our intention to make light of eating disorders!” the company’s official public relations account tweeted.

The actions seemed to satisfy Lovato – she replied to the message with a tweet saying “Thank you” – but continued to share her feelings about what young girls should see on television.

“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,” she wrote in a series of tweets. “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. :)”

  • chanel

    As much as I like Demi Lovato she needs to get over herself. If she gets upset about jokes then she needs to take care of herself. I’m fat and think fat jokes are funny. The joke didn’t make me fat. I made myself fat. Just like eating disorders. The disorder didn’t make you all messed up, YOU made you all messed up. Parents not paying attention to what their kids are doing. Maybe if more parents stepped up and parented their kids instead of letting everybody else do it, then they would know if their kid was heading down the wrong path.

    • 2sister

      She’s right. Eating disorders are not a joking matter. I don’t have one, but It’s not funny and can cause serious health problems. I also don’t think jokes about obese people are funny. I have loved ones who have health issues do to being overweight.

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  • Lorrie

    I am with you on this !! We have not lost our compassion just our sense of humor and the ability to laugh at ourselves

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  • susan

    oh good grief! once again too much political correctness…people have made fun of alcoholics for years, and you dont hear whining about lovato should get over it and get over herself..anorexia and buelmia are controllable if a person will admit to having a problem..instead of crying they are making fun of me, she should be out trying to help others who might have a similar problem…disney has proviede her with a decent paycheck, so i dont think she needs to be “slamming” them for one line on a teen tv show..

    • 2sister

      I don’t read this as she thinks they are making fun of her, but that they are not treating this like it is a serious problem. I agree that people can get help if they admit that they have a problem, but it is still a serious issue. Also, I realize there have been jokes about alcoholics, but that really isn’t a joking matter, either. There is nothing funny about people who have substance abuse problems. In fact, it’s sad.

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  • 2sister

    There is nothing funny about someone having an eating disorder or being overweight. Both can result in serious health issues. It’s not a matter of being politically correct, It’s a matter of doing unto others as you would have do unto you. I have two loved ones with serious health problems due to being obese. I assure you that they don’t think it’s funny.

  • bdub77

    I am going to agree with both side as far as the comments made here so far. 1. yes, it’s a serious disorder, and there is nothing wrong with being curvy – but, when tv, and other outlets talk about how horrible it is to be overweight, it’s no wonder people get into these problems. and 2. you’re right as well that people have made fat jokes, drug/alcohol jokes…jokes on about everything in life, those are no different – if she wants to do something GET INVOLVED…go talk to young people – not just girls because boys/men can have the same issues, and tell them about your experience…anyone can sit behind a social website and b*tch…but a better person would do something about it!

  • disney

    Quite funny..!! Even my kids daily love to read something like this and for that, they daily visit to the Disney blog with the help of given link:

  • person

    I get that it’s a joke, but eating disorders are not funny. Disney shouldn’t be teaching the thousands of 9 year olds watching the show that you can just laugh and poke fun at an eating disorder

  • 2sister

    How do we know she isn’t involved in helping with the problem? She might be using this as a way to help others realize how serious the problem is. Also, it says that she has been open about her problems. That might be her way of helping others keep from making her mistakes.

  • Bizzieter

    Yes it’s a joke, but seriously we are trying to stop bullying. With the Disney channel making such comments in there shows that are targeted for the younger audiences then jokes like this deserve to be pulled from airwaves. I’m sorry but some of the rebuttals I have read are just plain ignorant. I agree with Demi Lovato, she’s experienced it first hand, so she can share her opinion on the matter.

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