Demi Lovato Posted an Almost Apology to Taylor Swift for Criticizing Her Kesha Donation
Last night Demi Lovato did that thing celebrities tend to do after they say something controversial where they post something on social media that many people walk away from calling an apology, but which doesn't actually contain an apology at all. Rather, it's a lot of words about how they said something they shouldn't have said and they had the best intentions and everyone should stop focusing on them and talk about the important issues, even though they were the one who made it about themselves in the first place.
In this case, Demi's almost-apology was a response to her recent criticism of Taylor Swift for donating $250,000 to Kesha to help pay legal fees in her attempt to cut professional ties with her alleged rapist Dr. Luke. Before the donation, Demi posted her thinly veiled disappointment in Taylor for not speaking out. After the donation, Demi complained that it wasn't enough, and that her own tweets about the situation were more important than money. Swifties and non-Swifties alike thought she was causing unnecessary conflict.
After a day of backlash for her comments, Demi took to Instagram to post an infographic depicting rape statistics. She included a long caption expressing regret over what she said, with the excuse that she just cares so much.
As most people know, I tend to get fired up about the things I believe in, and although my heart and intentions are always in the right place, unfortunately sometimes my passion gets the best of me and causes me to say things that I probably shouldn't say. And when doing so it takes away from the real reason I am speaking up in the first place. Our focus should be on the topic of victims of sexual and physical abuse being afraid to come forward with their stories. They're more likely to face retaliation and harassment than to see justice being served. Especially women. It baffles me that when it comes to serious issues like equality and abuse, too often women are not taken as seriously as men. All I want to see is women coming together and actually making a difference. A real change and shift in society. Everyone has their own way of giving support to others , and at the end of the day, helping victims is all that matters. Ultimately, the message I want people to hear is it's okay to come forward with your abuse and if you do decide to take action, you are not alone.
Frankly, I hope this puts a swift (no pun intended) end to the conflict between these two. As much as I love watching a good celebrity feud play out (although you can't even really call this one, since it's pretty much been Demi feuding with thin air), when it involves something as serious as a rape accusation, petty Twitter wars distract from the real issue. If only Demi hadn't spent so much time causing unnecessary and counterproductive drama before coming to that conclusion.
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