Demi Lovato Slams Fans Over Israel Backlash After Admitting It Was Free “In Exchange For” Social Media Posts
Honestly, the Demi Lovato ordeal just keeps getting worse. Just hours after Demi’s PR went up in flames over a post where she praised Israel amid the Israel-Palestine conflict, she’s all over Instagram defending herself, slamming fans for all the hate, and kind-of apologizing.
She wrote a long Instagram Story explaining how the backlash has been affecting her. “I’m extremely frustrated,” she started. “I accepted a free trip to Israel in exchange for a few posts. No one told me there would be anything wrong with going or that I could possibly be offending anyone. With that being said, I’m sorry if I’ve hurt or offended anyone, that was not my intention.”
She continued, “Sometimes people present you with opportunities and no one tells you the potential backlash you could face in return. This was meant to be a spiritual experience for me, NOT A POLITICAL STATEMENT and now I realize it hurt people and for that I’m sorry.”
“Sorry I’m not more educated, and sorry for thinking this trip was just a spiritual experience. Going against all advice right now and apologizing because it feels right to me and I’d rather get in trouble for being authentic to myself, than staying quiet to please other people. I love my fans, all of them, from all over,” she finished the post.
This post is raising eyebrows for a few reasons — one, that Scooter Braun, Demi’s manager who has ties to Israel, didn’t tell her the potential for controversy with these posts. Also, that Demi opted not to disclose the posts were sponsored — which is a violation of the Federal Trade Commission’s rules about sponsored content.
But Demi didn’t stop there. She also responded to some of her fans’ posts… after turning comments off on her own, that is.
“Oh don’t worry, you guys made me feel terrible about it, and prob will continue to do so. I’ll be hibernating,” she wrote to a fan who said they “just meant to make [her] see whatever was going on there.”
She also responded to the hashtag on Instagram #weloveyoudemi and basically slammed fans who were trying to show her support. “[H]ow about y’all stop having to make hashtags saying you love me every time you realize your words effect [sic] me?” she commented on a fan account. Girl.
Though Demi is apologizing, she still seems very defensive over her choice to get baptized in Israel.