Former Disney Channel star Demi Lovato was issued an apology from her old network after she complained about an anorexia joke on the teen sitcom Shake It Up. During one episode of the show, an actress playing a stuck up supermodel tells the two lead actresses (played by teen actresses Zendaya Coleman, 15, and Bella Thorne, 14) that “I could just eat you up. Well, if I ate.” Watch:
Lovato, a very open survivor of anorexia and bulimia who left her Disney show Sonny With A Chance to enter rehab last fall, tweeted her disappointment at the show making light of a serious issue.
Lovato went on to write “is it just me or are the actress’ getting THINNER AND THINNER…. I miss the days of RAVEN, and LIZZIE MCGUIRE.” She later clarified those remarks by explaining that she has nothing against any specific actress, show, or body type, but wants to see more variety on television so that young girls don’t feel pressured to look a certain way. Disney has responded by pulling the offending episode with the claim that it is never their intention to “make light of eating disorders.”