Demi Lovato Scolds Disney for Eating Disorder Joke

Gets the network to yank two episodes

By Sara Dover
|  Sunday, Dec 25, 2011  |  Updated 6:30 PM PDT
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The Disney Channel pulled two episodes it was airing after Demi Lovato criticized the network for making light of eating disorders.

The 19-year-old Disney protege, who left series Sonny With A Chance to check into rehab for bipolar disorder and bulimia, tweeted she was upset about a character saying "I could just eat you up, well, if I ate" on Shake it Up.  Another episode of So Random! also included an eating disorder joke, according to Us Magazine.

"Dear Disney Channel, EATING DISORDERS ARE NOT SOMETHING TO JOKE ABOUT," Lovato tweeted Friday.

The star was not afraid to get personal. "I find it really funny how a company can lose one of their actress' from the pressures of an EATING DISORDER and yet still make joke about that very disease. #nice," she tweeted.

She also wrote to her 5.3 million followers, "And is it just me or are the actress' [on Disney Channel] getting THINNER AND THINNER.... I miss the days of RAVEN, and LIZZIE MCGUIRE," referencing to two shows that starred Raven Simone and Hillary Duff.

Disney heard the message loud and clear. Just a few hours later, they said they were taking the two episodes off air.

"@ddlovato - we hear you & are pulling both episodes as quickly as possible & reevaluating them," Disney's PR branch wrote. "@ddlovato - It's NEVER our intention to make light of eating disorders!"

Lovato, now focusing on a music career, said earlier this year she is learning to live with her "life-long disease."

Selected Reading: Entertainment Weekly, Us Magazine, People

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