Demi Lovato’s Apology for Laughing About Zika on Social Media Is, Umm, Interesting
After the very outspoken Demi Lovato quit Twitter and Instagram back in June, she returned online just one day later, proudly proclaiming that she was “back more honest than ever.” Keeping to her promise, she soon shocked fans with a slew of brow-raising NSFW photos and now, she’s in hot water over what many are calling a tasteless, insensitive joke made on Snapchat.
Posted on Friday night, the video in question shows Demi’s mom, Dianna Hart, putting on a thick Southern accent and proclaiming into the camera that “everybody down in Rio gonna get the Zika virus.” Demi can be heard laughing in the background as she films the whole thing.
Almost as soon as the clip hit the Interwebs, the hashtag #DemiLovatoIsOverParty began trending, as folks voiced their serious disapproval of the comment. Many even compared laughing about Zika to laughing about a cause that’s near and dear to Demi’s heart: mental health.
On the flip side, the 23-year-old pop star also had some fans defending her by pointing out that anything said or done by her mother should not be taken as a reflection of her personal thoughts, even if she did laugh at the joke.
As the topic continued to gain traction, Demi herself took to Twitter to issue an apology, writing: “In no way did I mean to offend anyone last night. I was laughing at how Southern my mom sounded, not the issue at hand. Deepest apologies.” Okay, fair enough. After all, everyone makes mistakes, so case closed right?
Er, maybe not. Rather than leaving it at that, Demi once again proved that she’s unable to hold back when it comes to voicing her opinions on social media, immediately adding, “If you watch everything I do, you’re still a fan.. I ain’t goin’ nowhere bitches.”
An interesting sentiment to share just seven minutes after what was supposed to be a heartfelt apology, no?
But wait! There’s MORE! Demi finished it all off with one final tweet, which seemed to bring her right back to square one.
Once again, reactions ranged from support to shock, with many arguing that this third tweet voided Demi’s initial apology, stripping it of all its power and meaning.
Yikes! We’re gonna go ahead and back away from the computer now before this gets any uglier.
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(h/t E!, photos via Neilson Barnard/Getty)