On December 23, Twitter became a battle ground between Locatics and fans of the Disney Show Shake it up,
It all started with a few tweets from Demi Lovato
“I could just eat you up, well if I ate” – Disney Chanel’s Shake It Up….
What are we promoting here?
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..
Twitter for iPhone • 12/23/11 5:05 PM
…that very disease….. #nice.
Twitter for iPhone • 12/23/11 5:06 PM
And is it just me or are the actress’ getting THINNER AND THINNER…. I miss the days of RAVEN, and LIZZIE MCGUIRE.
Twitter for iPhone • 12/23/11 5:11 PM
For those of you who don’t know the show, Shake it Up stars Bella Thorne and Zendaya. The line Demi is referring to came from an episode from season 1 called Party it Up which Aired Dec 12 2010. The girls, CeCe and Rocky were helping at a party at Gary Wilde’s house and a super model said the line “You are so cute, I could eat you up, if I ate.” it was a joke about the stereotype of an adult model trying to keep thin.
Demi who has struggled with eating disorders was offended by the joke, expressed her opinion and then twitter got crazy!!
Many people who are Demi fans, called Lovatics started bashing the show, the writers, the cast, and Disney Channel.
9 year old Davis Cleveland took to Twitter to defend the show, his cast and crew and made some pretty harsh claims about Demi’s behavior during the time she was leaving the Disney Channel. His point was Demi had more issues than just eating disorders. He simply didn’t like Demi attacking his show.
Lovatics went after 9 yr old Davis with lots of gay bashing and even death threats.
Davis didn’t back down and suggested that those fans use that energy for something positive like finding a cure for Cystic Fibrosis. Davis is passionate about the people suffering from CF and helping to find a cure!
Some Lovatics started a Twition to get Shake it Up off of the air due to the offensive joke.
Demi made a point that actresses are getting thinner and thinner. This may be true but it isn’t Disney Channel’s fault and skinny actresses are not just on Disney Channel. This has been an issue for years before Bella and Zendaya were even in acting. The cast of Sex and the City and the female cast members of Friends were all super thin. Nickelodeon shows like Victorious and Zoey101 also have very thin actresses.
They say the camera adds 10 pounds. We’ve met many celebrities and yes many are super thin. Miranda Cosgrove, G Hannelius, China McClain and Ariel Winter are all tiny. Casting agents are always looking for smaller kids who are older to play roles. Skai Jackson is 9 and plays a 7 yr old. Jake Short is 14 and plays an 11-12 year old. So what I’m saying is most of the time it is people who have smaller builds who book jobs. Then if they are young teens like Bella and Zendaya they have a growth spurt and look very thin.
I feel that Demi had a right to express her opinion and so did Davis but when fans began to hate, gay bash and cyber bully it went too far. Demi was bullied on middle school so badly she dropped out and began home schooling. I think she would been disappointed in her Lovatics last night if she knew how far they went last night.
Davis Cleveland was defending his show, cast and crew against attacks and got bullied, threatened, and called gay and a bunch of other names.
I hope when these people cool off, they see that this is not ok. Most of Demi’s fans support anti-bullying and this was a sad night!
Disney Channel did respond through their Public Relations Twitter account and told Demi directly that they would pull the episode that had the offensive joke in it
@ddlovato – we hear you & are pulling both episodes as quickly as possible & reevaluating them (1 of 2 messages)
@ddlovato – It’s NEVER our intention to make light of eating disorders! (2 of 2 messages)
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Then Demi thanked them
@DisneyChannelPR thank you.
Twitter for iPhone • 12/23/11 9:40 PM
Demi did clarify that she wasn’t targeting a specific show or actresses
I wish her fans got that message earlier.
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. . Demi
It was a tough night for people like me who support the show and Demi.
I wish people can feel free to express their opinion without starting a Twitter war!