It all started innocently enough, when a bored Demi Lovato asked her followers to throw some questions at her after her show Saturday night. "Let's do a Q&A" she tweeted excitedly. One since-deleted response didn't sit well even with a large segment of her own fanbase, though, leading to an immediate backlash from the online community.
Lovato answered a bunch of questions without incident, like what word she overused during a phase in her life (Answer: savage), favorite curse word (Samantha Bee knows this one), and whether or not she is in love (Answer: she wishes). Most of her answers were short and sweet, but then she took the time to detail the "funniest prank" she'd ever pulled.
"I hired a lady of the night in Vegas and sent her to Max's hotel room to surprise him. She walked into his room without permission and grabbed him in his 'area' and he freaked the f-ck out hahahahaha," Lovato tweeted (the tweet has since been deleted). To many of her fans, and ultimately to Twitter at large, this wasn't funny at all.
Lovato first made light of the offense, tweeting, "I swear I could tweet something about craving jelly beans and it would offend someone." This only led to more backlash, and so early Sunday morning she followed it up with a more vehement defense of her character, calling the whole thing "a simple mistake."
For all of those coming at me rn, listen to the lyrics of Warrior and maybe you'll have more compassion for someone who made a simple mistake. Of all people I know about sexual abuse. You don't have to educate me.
Really! You guys all need to 'Grow Up'! It was a joke and a fun prank from someone whose incredible to work for and with. And does everything she can for her fans, family and friends. Love you @ddlovato
When one user tweeted in her defense, "Baby...... we know you and your story," Lovato cryptically replied, "That' just the thing... people DON'T know my full story.."
Lovato was dragged hard for the prank, though she also had plenty of supporters who came out in her defense. This led to a minor tweet-war of sorts between the hashtags #DemiLovatoIsOverParty and #WeLoveYouDemi. See some of the reactions below.
I'm... not okay with this. Like, this is legitimately a shitty thing to do. That is sexual harassment on Demi's part, and sexual assault on the the other woman's part. I am beyond disgusted by this. https://t.co/6dhBpk09Ac
#WeLoveYouDemi. This has all been blown way out of proportion. Yes, Demi's wording was of poor choice but the prank itself was innocent and just a bit of fun. We love you @ddlovato and we'll never stop protecting you from the haters. 💓💓💓
Let me say it louder: ASSAULT IS ASSAULT!!!!! Statistics show you're most likely to be assaulted by someone you know. I cant even imagine hiring someone to do the worst thing you can do to another human being and claim it's a prank? MEN CAN BE ASSAULTED TOO!! This isn't (+) https://t.co/4I1y2NX6Lf
💀 Demi Lovato was really out here dragging Taylor Swift for donating money instead of taking to social media(as if Taylor wasn't embroiled in her own sexual assult lawsuit), only for Demi to take to social media & brag about using money to facilitate sexual assault as a "prank". pic.twitter.com/g8aPdw1Cc8
So @ddlovato Demi Lovato said the wrong thing and some of her fans have turned against her. 😑😑😑 This is why @Beyonce doesn't tweet, doesn't do interview, doesn't care about the publicity because you can't always say the perfect things in this judgemental age. #welovedemi pic.twitter.com/SFFrPEKrCi
This is what I wake up to? Demi Lovato thinking sexual assault is funny and that she can prank someone like that? Y'all won't see one prediction about her anymore, literally cancelled and how can she compare sexual assault to jelly beans? What the fuck is wrong with that girl? pic.twitter.com/uyftDwjdbE