Usually Disney is the one getting embarrassed by the actions of their teen stars, but in a major role reversal former Disney actress Demi Lovato is calling them out for being inappropriate.
Last night Demi tweeted “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.” when she found out a character on the current Disney comedy Shake It Up had the line, “I could just eat you up, well if I ate.”
Disney is pulling both episodes that seemed to say starving is funny, with a PR rep tweeting, “We hear you & are pulling both episodes as quickly as possible & reevaluating them … It’s NEVER our intention to make light of eating disorders!”
It’s great Demi caught the line and they’re reacting, but I wonder why they’d put it in in the first place. On a channel watched mostly by pre-teens, not eating shouldn’t be used as a punch line, it should be incorporated into a PSA. Parents freak out about their children looking up to Hannah Montana then seeing Miley with a salvia bong, but maybe they should be worried about what kind of messages their kids are getting from the actually Disney scripts.