Demi Lovato "Taking A Break From Music" Following Taylor Swift Fallout
Wed, 05 Oct 2016 09:33:42
Lovato was asked during the interview, "You've said before, in regard to Taylor Swift, "Don't brand yourself a feminist if you don't do the work." How do you see yourself doing the work?" She responded, "Just speaking out. I'm not afraid to talk about the fact that women get paid less than men in the United States and how unfair that is. Talking about it at all is doing the work. And I think every woman does her part in some way. But I think in certain situations, certain people could be doing more if they're going to claim that as part of their brand. To be honest, and this will probably get me in trouble, I don't see anybody in any sort of squad that has a normal body. It's kind of this false image of what people should look like. And what they should be like, and it's not real."
The interviewer continued, "Well, there are many kinds of "normal" bodies. I think what you're getting at is there's just one type of body in that squad." To which Lovato continued, "It's not realistic. And I think that having a song and a video about tearing Katy Perry down, that's not women's empowerment. We all do things that aren't, but I have to ask myself, Am I content with calling myself a feminist? Yes, because I speak out."
The comments were met with immediate backlash by fans of Swift, and since then Lovato has announced via her Twitter she will be taking a break from music in 2017, "So excited for 2017. Taking a break from music and the spotlight.. I am not meant for this business and the media."
—The ARTISTdirect Staff