Demi Lovato opened up in a new interview with Glamour, talking about everything from her love life to her plans to take a break from the spotlight, but what has caught everyone’s attention most of all has been Lovato’s words about Taylor Swift. Specifically, Demi calls out Taylor for paying lip service to feminism and gender equality issues without actually doing anything to support causes related to the feminist movement. While Swift hasn’t directly fired back at Lovato, sources close to Swift have come forward to blast Lovato for her harsh criticism, particularly when Swift and Lovato have never been close friends.
Demi Lovato Throws Shade At Taylor Swift
During her interview, it seemed inevitable that Demi would be asked about the other artists with whom she shares the spotlight, and as E! News reveals, Ms. Lovato takes particular exception to Taylor Swift. Demi explained that Taylor and her “squad” may talk a big game, but when it comes to feminism, Swift epitomizes exactly the type of image the movement seeks to change.
For instance, Lovato draws attention to Swift and her squad for their body images, physiques that are not normal for the average woman and create unrealistic expectations for millions of Swift’s fans.
“It’s kind of this false image of what people should look like,” Demi said of Taylor and her squad. “And what they should be like, and it’s not real.”
Ms. Lovato also criticized Swift for her “Bad Blood” song and accompanying music video, all of which was created solely to spread animosity toward Katy Perry, yet another artist with whom Taylor has had a feud. Demi says Swift spent too much negative energy trying to cast a bad light on a fellow artist, when that energy might have been better spent improving Taylor’s own craft.
“I think that having a song and a video about tearing Katy Perry down, that’s not women’s empowerment. We all do things that aren’t, but I have to ask myself, ‘Am I content with calling myself a feminist?’ Yes, because I speak out.”
Demi Lovato Shares Why She Feels Comfortable Calling Herself A Feminist
In her interview with Glamour, Demi was faced with a quote from herself in a past interview in which she criticized Taylor Swift for branding herself a feminist without doing the work. Reminded of that statement, Lovato asked how she sees herself “putting in the work” as a feminist. In response, she said that doing something as simple as speaking out for the feminist movement is a worthwhile endeavor, suggesting that Swift has never done even that much to Demi’s satisfaction.
“I’m not afraid to talk about the fact that women get paid less than men in the United States and how unfair that is. Talking about it at all is doing the work. And I think every woman does her part in some way,” says Ms. Lovato. “But I think in certain situations, certain people could be doing more if they’re going to claim that as part of their brand.”
Additionally, Ms. Lovato shared her opinion that celebrities have a responsibility to speak out about important causes, because otherwise their status as a pop culture icon is wasted. Demi believes that failing to use that kind of power to bring about needed change results in a stagnant society and the celebrity in question comes off looking selfish.
Although she doesn’t name Taylor Swift and seems to be talking about stardom in general, there can be little doubt, based on the previous remarks made by Lovato, that she lumps Swift into this group.
“When you’re an artist, you have a platform that can reach millions. I feel it’s selfish when you don’t use your voice, because then you’re just relishing the attention — you’re not using it for good,” explained Demi Lovato. “I have felt uncomfortable having people say, ‘You’re my idol,’ because I want them to idolize God. I want them to idolize somebody that’s done a lot. So I think it’s important that artists use their voices for so much more than just their talent.”
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