Singer Demi Lovato has recently apologised to fans after posting a tweet about pranking her bodyguard, causing upset and criticism for “trivialising” sexual assault.
Demi hired a sex worker in Vegas and sent her to Max’s (her bodyguard) hotel room without permission and grabbed his “area”.
The tweet (which has now been deleted) was a response to a fan’s question about the funniest prank she has ever pulled.
“I hired a lady of the night in Vegas and sent her to Max’s hotel room to surprise him,” her tweet read. “She walked into his room without permission and grabbed him in his “area” and he freaked the f*** out hahahahaha.”
While it may have been funny at the time, some fans were not impressed by this prank (since this is the age of not being able to see anything as funny), with many people calling it out as “sexual assault”. In response, Demi deleted the tweet and apologised “if anyone was offended.”
Well, it is 2018 after all, and everybody seemingly gets offended over the slightest little thing these days. So, should Demi Lovato really have been that surprised that snowflakes and overly sensitive people would’ve found her Vegas prank offensive?
What I learnt today:
According to Demi Lovato a sexual assault against a man is funny.
CAN WE ALL UNDERSTAND IN 2018 THAT A SEXUAL ASSAULT AGAINST A MAN IS NOT A NORMAL THING AND WE SHOULDN’T LAUGHT ABOUT IT??
NEWS: A MAN HAS FEELINGS TOO, A MAN CAN BE SEXUAL ASSAULTED TOO.
— Ila ☀️ 🐍 (@flavlesswift) June 3, 2018
Demi Lovato is still continuing to show her real face to people, how can people stan her? pic.twitter.com/j66hMLwbiD
— clara | the 100 🌸 (@selmilasgrande) June 3, 2018
However, some fans disagreed and defended the singer. Her bodyguard also tweeted out that it was just “a joke and a fun prank”. He also replied to Demi’s apology, insisting that he wasn’t offended and that she is “incredible to work for”.
To anyone saying @ddlovato is making light of sexual assault please stop trying to find things to drag her with and use a dictionary to find out what sexual assault is. It’s not a light topic and it’s a big accusation to accuse someone of making fun of it so DON’T!!
— Demi lovato UK❤️ (@Ddlovato1992xx) June 3, 2018
Demi Lovato is not even close to being over, deal with it bitches.
— Luke (@chainedgames) June 3, 2018
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
— Max (@2Maxx22) June 3, 2018
As well as apologising for the tweet, Demi also said that “I could tweet something about craving jelly beans and it would offend someone”, which was also followed by disapproving replies. One in particular responded with: “How dare you compare sexual assault to jelly beans? You’re a disgusting being and I’m no longer a fan.”
We can’t really tell if it’s only satire or people being serious, but we certainly hope it isn’t the latter… The prank by Demi Lovato is far away from actually being sexual assault and it probably just caught her bodyguard by surprise. However, the age old saying of “what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas” clearly didn’t apply here.
Another response to the criticism was Demi asking people to listen to her song “Warrior”, which goes into certain aspects of her past, including her troubled childhood.
“Listen to the lyrics of Warrior and maybe you’ll have more compassion for someone who made a simple mistake.” the singer tweeted. “Of all people I know about sexual abuse. You don’t have to educate me.”
Do you believe it was a harmless prank in the spirit of Las Vegas, as Demi and her bodyguard insist it was, or do you think there’s a much more serious matter going on here like sexual assault? Or could it be that Generation Z and very special snowflakes find anything offensive in 2018, merely for the sake of it…? Tell us in our comments section.
Story by Emily Clark
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