Demi Lovato Gives Moms a Great Reason to Let Daughters Idolize Her

demi lovatoI've always felt like pushing the title of "role model" on a teen just because they have a hit TV show or sell tons of concert tickets is a bit unfair. However well-raised or good-intentioned, how can a child be expected to lead other children? But after a challenging year or so, Demi Lovato is actually stepping up to the role model plate in a most impressive way.

A recovering bulimic whose eating disorder nearly derailed her career, Lovato was horrified when she heard the following line of dialogue on the Disney Channel's Shake It Up: "I could just eat you up, well, if I ate." If anybody knows that eating disorders are no laughing matter it's Lovato -- and she thinks Disney should know better, too. And the awesome part is, she wasted no time in calling her former bosses on their insensitive attempt at humor.

She tweeted:

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"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."

Well done, Demi! Just wait, it gets better:

"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. Dear Disney Channel, EATING DISORDERS ARE NOT SOMETHING TO JOKE ABOUT."

Wow! No matter how mad you are at your former boss, taking on a behemoth like Disney in a public forum is a move most adults wouldn't dare to make. Not only did Lovato risk burning some major bridges to stand up for her beliefs, she actually managed to convince them they were wrong and she was right!

Disney's PR team tweeted in response:

"We hear you & are pulling both episodes as quickly as possible & reevaluating them ... It's NEVER our intention to make light of eating disorders!"

As the mother of a daughter, I'm thrilled that Demi has already learned what it means to wield power wisely and effectively in what is ultimately an epic battle against harmful standards and stereotypes.

Do you think Demi Lovato is a good role model for your daughter?

 

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