You won’t see Demi Lovato tweeting anymore.
The 26-year-old pop star deleted her Twitter account after facing backlash over a tweet she made on Sunday (February 3) about a 21 Savage meme.
21 Savage’s British heritage became the subject of memes on the internet over the weekend when reports made headlines that British-born 21 Savage (real name Shayaa Bin Abraham-Joseph) had been arrested by the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). He was detained on allegations that he has been in the U.S. illegally for more than a decade and reportedly faces deportation. According to the agency, the rapper entered the country in 2005 on a non-immigrant visa. The visa expired a year later but he continued to stay in the country. Also, in 2014, he was convicted of felony charges in Georgia, which was also cited as additional grounds for his arrest.
Demi tweeted about it, writing, “So far 21 Savage memes have been my favorite part of the Super Bowl.”
Many in the Twitter-verse wasn’t exactly happy with what Demi wrote, calling her out about mocking someone who was facing deportation – with some even bringing up her past struggles with addiction and sobriety. (The “Sober” singer celebrated six months of sobriety last month following her overdose in July of last year.)
Among them is rapper Wale, who replied to Demi’s since-deleted tweet (since her whole feed is now gone), writing, “Why is somebody freedom funny … I don’t get the joke.” He followed it up with another tweet: “A lot of people were sending you love light , prayers etc . When people were making jokes about u at a rough time. A lot of people .Bless up.”
Before deleting her account, Demi tried to explain that that’s not at all what she meant. She shared the meme she was referring to – an old-school photo of a hand doing calligraphy with a feather quill captioned: “This is how 21 Savage be writing his verses.”
“F–k Twitter. This is why I don’t tweet anymore,” Demi later expressed, and also addressed her critics, writing, “If you’re gonna come at me for making a joke, try coming at me with some original not involving drugs.”
She later deactivated her account on the platform.
Demi also went on Instagram stories to address the backlash, and even shared screenshots of some of the harshest responses she got.
“Wasn’t laughing at anyone getting deported. I know that’s not a joke..not [sic] have I EVER laughed about that. The meme I posted/was talking about was of him being writing with a feather pen. Sorry If I offended anyone. But it’s no excuse to laugh at someone’s addiction let alone their OD,” she wrote in a note.
“Lastly, I wasn’t making fun of anything having to do with deportation or even against him,” she continued. “I was laughing at who the f–k knew 21 was British? Literally no one. That’s it. It doesn’t go deeper than that. I’m sorry if I upset people truly.”
Meanwhile, Migos rapper Offset has taken to Twitter to slam netizens for all the 21 Savage memes coming out. “ALL THE MEMES AND SH-T AINT FUNNY WHEN SOMEBODY GOING THROUGH SOME PRAYING FOR MY DAWG,” Offset tweeted. “AINT SH-T FUNNY HIS FAMILY DEPENDING ON HIM.”
“HIS FAMILY DEPENDING ON HIM,” he continues, “SUCCESSFUL BLACK MAN THEY ALWAYS TRY SOME WAY TO BRING US DOWN.”
Bebe Rexha is sticking up for Demi. “To all the people who talked sh-t to Demi you’re F–KIN DISGUSTING. Attacking someone that is 6 months sober about her personal issues with drugs and mental health over a tweet is LOW,” she tweeted.