Demi Lovato Furious Over Disney Anorexia Joke
Disney yanks episodes in response to anorexia-battling star
By Mary Papenfuss, Newser Staff
Posted Dec 26, 2011 12:01 AM CST
Singer Demi Lovato performs in Madison Square Garden in New York earlier this month.   (AP Photo/Evan Agostini)

(Newser) – After battling anorexia, singer/actress Demi Lovato is furious her former boss, the Disney Channel, joked about the eating disorder on a TV show. A character on the program Shake It Up said recently: “I could just eat you up. Well, if I ate.” Lovato responded in an incensed, all-capitals tweet. “I find it really funny how a company can lose one of their actresses from the pressures of an eating disorder, and yet still make jokes about that very disease," she wrote, referring to her own exit from a Disney series. "Eating disorders are not something to joke about," she added. She also complained that Disney actresses are getting "thinner and thinner," reports Us.

A similar anorexia joke was apparently made on So Random, which succeeded Sonny With a Chance, the series Lovato starred in and left shortly before she entered rehab for her eating disorder and cutting. The Disney Channel replied via Twitter to Lovato: “We hear you and are pulling both episodes as quickly as possible and re-evaluating them. It's never our intention to make light of eating disorders!”

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Sphinx
Dec 27, 2011 6:00 AM CST
Good for her. She's one of the few recent people who've come out of Disney that is actually talented and she's right that a channel targeting young people shouldn't make eating disorders into a punchline. (I have a little sister. I watch a lot of terrible Disney shows. Demi Lovato is pretty decent and actually likable.)
fatmike
Dec 26, 2011 3:30 PM CST
Meanwhile in Somalia...
youngblood
Dec 26, 2011 3:23 PM CST
Yeah Demi build a neurosis by calling it a 'eating' disorder when what you really need is a shrink to find out what's behind that 'eating' disorder