Demi Lovato slams Disney for eating disorder joke

Last Updated: Dec 26, 2011, 09:16 AM IST

Los Angeles: Former Disney star Demi Lovato has slammed the channel on Twitter over a joke about eating disorder on one of their shows.

The 19-year-old singer-actress, who entered rehab last year for bulimia and bipolar disorder was upset with a character on `Shake It Up` who quipped, "I could just eat you
up, well if I ate", reported Us magazine, "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 that very disease. #nice (sic)," the former star of `Sonny With a Chance`, tweeted Friday.

Lovato added, "And is it just me or are the actress` (on Disney Channel) getting thinner and thinner... I miss the days of RAVEN, and LIZZIE MCGUIRE," referencing former Disney actresses Raven Simone and Hilary Duff.

She then sent one final message to her former employer: "Dear Disney Channel, eating disorders are not something to joke about."

In addition to reaching more than five million followers, Lovato`s rant clearly made it to Disney. Just a few hours later the company`s official public relations responded to her with two tweets, "@ddlovato - we hear you and are pulling both episodes as quickly as possible & reevaluating them."

"@ddlovato - It`s never our intention to make light of eating disorders!"

As a result, Disney pulled the `Shake It Up` episode titled `Party It Up` and an episode of another show called `So Random!`.

PTI