Recovering bulimic Demi Lovato and former Disney star has called out the channel for airing an episode of Shake It Up in which one of the characters quips, “You are adorable! I could just eat you guys up. Well, if I ate.”
“I find it really funny how a company can lose one of their actress’ [sic] from the pressures of an EATING DISORDER and yet still make a joke about that very disease… #nice. And is it just me or are the actress’ [sic] getting THINNER AND THINNER… I miss the days of RAVEN, and LIZZIE MCGUIRE.”
The Disney channel responded: “We hear you & are pulling both episodes as quickly as possible & reevaluating them. It’s NEVER our intention to make light of eating disorders!”
Lovato checked into the Timberline Knolls rehab clinic in December 2010 for bulimia, cutting, and bipolar II disorder, about all of which she has spoken candidly since her release in January 2011.
While the Disney channel (and Lovato, for that matter) is ever so slightly out of our typical purview, eating disorders, and the way they are handled in the media, sadly, are not. Take a look at the joke below and then let us know what you think. Was it out of line?