"So far 21 Savage memes have been my favorite part of the Super Bowl," Lovato wrote after the rapper was reportedly detained by ICE, revealing that he's British.
The backlash was so swift and so fierce that Demi Lovato has completely deactivated her Twitter account after she cracked a joke about 21 Savage getting detained by ICE on Super Bowl Sunday, and she's trending number one on Twitter.
"So far 21 Savage memes have been my favorite part of the Super Bowl," the singer tweeted, sharing some of the memes mocking 21 Savage for being secretly British.
The rapper was reportedly picked up earlier in the day while in Atlanta, with TMZ reporting it was because his 2005 Visa had expired. And because he was convicted of drug charges in 2014, he is reportedly being held for removal proceedings, though his legal team is fighting this.
Before deleting her account, Lovato got into it with several of the commenters, many who viciously attacked her own struggles with drug addiction and sobriety. Several rappers also got into the fray, chastising the singer for making light of someone losing their freedom.
Lovato argued she was making light of the fact that 21 Savage was apparently secretly British, as were many of the memes that surfaced throughout the day on Sunday. It was these memes that she says she was delighting in and referring to in her original tweet.
Meanwhile, rapper Wale took Lovato to task for failing to be supportive of another artist during his struggle, tweeting, "A lot of people were sending you love light, prayers etc. When people were making jokes about u at a rough time. A lot of people. Bless up."
Wildly enough, this battle carried over to The Shade Room where Lovato responded to Wale's comments with even more snark. He, on the other hand, tried for a more gentle approach. And of course, The Shade Room got another post out of this new exchange.
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Lil Yachty went after Lovato as well, in a tweet he's since deleted, though his account remains active, writing simply, "F--k Demi Lovato n---a #21."
And while the singer deactivated her Twitter account, she remains active on Instagram where she took to her Stories to try and clear up her side of the story. "Wasn't laughing at anyone getting deported," she wrote. "I know that's not a joke... not have I EVER laughed at that. The meme I posted/was talking about was of him writing with a feather pen."
She then shared a series of hateful responses she got on Twitter in reaction to her meme share, including comments like "go shoot some more heroin Demi," "she's a crackhead," "LOL who overdosed don't @ me" and "Shut up Demi go do more heroin."
"Sorry if I offended anyone," Demi wrote in response to these comments. "But it's no excuse to laugh at someone's addiction let alone their OD."
And yet, of course that's what people are still doing. With her Twitter account deactivated, the trolls have simply jumped platforms to Instagram where they continue to attack and berate her for everything from her tweet to her sobriety, addiction issues, appearance and everything else under the sun.
Below are some of the reactions (not all SFW) dominating Twitter as she continues to dominate the platform Sunday night even in her absence from it.
The main argument against her was that Demi got so much support when she was down and yet where is her support for 21 Savage when he's down? And then there are those simply attacking her with drug and overdose jokes and not-jokes, but we won't be sharing those here.
ALL THE MEMES AND SHIT AINT FUNNY WHEN SOMEBODY GOING THROUGH SOME PRAYING FOR MY DAWG AINT SHIT FUNNY HIS FANILY DEPENDING ON HIM
Well @ddlovato you are a sore loser for making fun of @21savage nobody made fun of you when you were poppin them drugs...Keep that negative energy way over there, I'm praying for you too...Stay blessed. #21savage
Demi Lovato is not “everyone.” She is a talented super famous person who was granted a lot of social power. With great power comes great responsibility. She got mad when ppl made fun of her addiction issues. She should keep that same energy for other celebs. @matirodriguezse https://t.co/u9KiLJYzLE
Many of her defenders were wondering how the entire Twitterverse seemed to be enjoying and sharing those memes themselves (she had to get them somewhere) and yet as soon as she did, they turned on her with such ferocity. This story is more than likely still developing.
Demi lovato been suffering from addiction, abuse, Anxiety, Bipolar, Depression, Bullying & Eating Disorders etc, since she was a KID. She bares her pains to help others heal, yet is STILL ridiculed for her issues. Its been a DECADE, can yall just let her survive life in peace PLZ pic.twitter.com/sJVdSnjDOy