Last night’s Super Bowl wasn’t just brutal for the Rams. After a day of news surrounding the arrest and detainment of “Bank Account” rapper 21 Savage by ICE and a misfired tweet by “Sorry Not Sorry” singer Demi Lovato, Twitter erupted in an all-out cruelly fueled attack that ended in the singer’s departure from Twitter.
Demi Lovato is off Twitter again thanks to Twitter outrage and our country’s growing immigration problem.
On Sunday morning, news outlets reported that 21 Savage, legally named Shayaa Bin Abraham-Josep, was arrested, by ICE in Atlanta. He is currently accused of being UK citizen who entered the United States when he was a minor in 2005 with a visa which has since expired. After a morning of reports about the arrest users signed on to Twitter to fire off tweets and comments about the events, which namely reflected on surprise over the rapper’s citizenship. Apparently, not everyone knew the rapper was British. Chiming into the conversation on Twitter, Lovato commented that “So far 21 Savage memes have been my favorite part of the Super Bowl.” The comment resulted in a swift charge of tweets that admonished the singer for being insensitive over the rapper’s recent detainment.
Users online were quick to reprimand Lovato for making a joke out of an extremely serious issue that has, particularly in recent years, cast a shadow of fear on so many people, including citizens, living in the United States.
Demi Lovato’s Tweet about 21 Savage was a bit tone deaf. There’s nothing funny about ICE or the terror they inflict upon immigrant families/individuals.
Take this as a learning opportunity, woman up, reactivate your account, apologize, educate yourself & let’s move forward. 🥂
— Ashlee Marie Preston (@AshleeMPreston) February 4, 2019
Others accused Lovato of tweeting on a keyboard of priviledge.
Demi Lovato and her lack of empathy tweet about 21 is proof that Latinx folks think migration is a white and brown Latinx issue only. Trash. We show ourselves everyday. No days skipped.
— SR (@aguade_panela) February 4, 2019
While comments that Lovato’s initial tweet weren’t completely unwarranted, the criticism that quickly unraveled from the situation became out of control with many users attempting to shame Lovato for her more recent mental health crisis.
Towards the end of the summer of last year, the singer alarmed friends and occupied headlines when reports that she had suffered from an overdose emerged. For years, the singer has spoken up about her struggles with severe medical conditions such as eating disorders, drug addiction, and bipolar disorder.
Soon, after Lovato attempted to clarify her tweet.
In a series of photos posted to her Instagram Stories, Lovato shared screenshots of users who turned a moment that could have been a learning lesson to Lovato on empathy and turned into a personal attack on her struggle with drug addiction. “F— Twitter,” she wrote in one post. “This is why I don’t tweet anymore.” Soon after she shared photos of the meme that she had referred to in her initial post that set the comments sections of her social pages on fire. “FYI this is the s— I’m laughing at…not the fact that anyone is getting deported,” she wrote.
As some users pointed out,
This Demi Lovato backlash is why I refuse to ever share any real struggles on social media, ppl act like they sympathize and really just log that information to throw it back in your face when the situation calls for it, I’m good lmao
— Nneomacita 💋 (@VivaLaNneoma) February 4, 2019
Soon after Lovato took to Instagram to write in her story that she “Wasn’t laughing at anyone getting deported” and that she was “Sorry if I offended anyone. But it’s no excuse to laugh at someone’s addiction let alone their OD.”
While the entire Twitter debacle ended with Lovato checking off Twitter and 21 Savage still, in ICE custody, it has left many of Lovato’s followers and users on Twitter disheartened by the nature of the tweets in response to the singer.