Fandoms against bullying: Demi Lovato speaks out against Cyberbullying🔆
Demi Lovato has always been very vocal about bullying and cyberbullying, and has supported different projects over the years to especially counteract bullying online. Demi has said in interviews that she was bullied as a child both in elementary school and middle school, so much so that she had to leave school. When she got into the music industry and started to become famous, the bullying she began suffering from was online.
Demi has said that she feels cyberbullying is often about trying to fit in and being noticed. She also said that sitting behind a computer usually gives people a sense of anonymity, which makes them think that they can get away with this behavior. She said:
Everyone needs to realize that words—even the ones they write online—have a strong power to hurt people.
In a twitter exchange she had this year with her followers Demi indeed captured well the essence of cyberbullying which is the hiding behind a computer screen in a aura of anonymity. She said “Imagine the love of [your] life/biggest crush finding out u spend time on the internet commenting negative s*** about celebrities. Embarrassed?” She added: “Imagine your grandparents finding out you spend your free time being an internet troll to celebrities you don’t even know.”
The type of bullying that Demi suffered the most and affected her the deepest was about her weight. This started when Demi was younger and continued online, when she became famous. These attacks affected her so much that she ended up developing an eating disorder. In March of 2012, Demi released the documentary, “Demi Lovato: Stay Strong” in which she admitted that online bullies led her to cutting herself and to contributing to her ongoing struggles with her eating disorder. In the same year, she joined other celebrities in fighting to repeal the “R” rating on “Bully,” a documentary about bullying, so that children could watch it.
In August of 2015, Demi very publicly came to her little sister’s defense against online abuse. Madison de la Garza, Demi’s younger sibling, was the target of vicious online attacks after she published a vine of her cooking in the kitchen. Madison suffers from scoliosis and many of the bullies started to pick on her by calling her “hunchback” and other horrible names. Demi tweeted asking her followers to support her younger sister and also sent private messages to the abusers.
Demi Lovato will likely speak up again about bullying and cyberbullying which have had a real impact on her life, bringing much attention to a problem affecting children, teens but also adults on and off line.