Demi Lovato fans and others on social media are outraged by the insensitive remarks the singer recently posted on Snapchat about the Zika virus. Why people assume that celebrities are infallible and care what they say about world issues is beyond us, but here’s what happened.
Lovato posted a Snapchat video of her mother Dianna Hart with a drink in her hand saying, “Everybody down in Rio gonna get the Zika virus.”
Meanwhile more than 1,700 cases of birth defects in Brazil have been linked to the virus since 2015, according to Huffington Post.
“In no way did I mean to offend anyone last night,” Lovato wrote on social media after the incident. “I was laughing at how southern my mom sounded, not the issue at hand. Deepest apologies.”
Of course, people on social media gave her crap about it:
“People make jokes with a serious problem like diseases do not deserve an ounce of respect. #DemiLovatoIsOverParty,” one person wrote.
“@ddlovato zika isn't a joke exactly like mental diseases aren't. Your fans are disappointed. #DemiLovatoIsOverParty,” another said.
Lovato said her piece and wasn’t planning to continue to grovel over it, so she ended with:
“I ain’t goin nowhere bitches,” she wrote.
Source: Huffington Post