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Demi Lovato’s message to Taylor Swift: “Don’t brand yourself a feminist if you don’t do the work”

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Demi Lovato has hit out at Taylor Swift and her ‘squad’ for teaming up to “tear down” Katy Perry.

Speaking in a new interview, Lovato addressed Swift’s long-running ‘feud’ with Katy Perry, pointing out that her Bad Blood music video (starring Cara Delevingne, Gigi Hadid, Ellie Goulding, Karlie Kloss, and more) was not an act of female empowerment.



“I think that having a song and a video about tearing Katy Perry down, that's not women's empowerment,” she told Glamour. “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 24-year-old continued: “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.”

She finished firmly: “Don't brand yourself a feminist if you don't do the work.”

Lovato has since been attacked by Swift’s fans on Twitter, a number of whom criticised her comments about the 1998 singer.

Addressing their complaints directly, she said: “I get asked questions. I answer them. Sue me.”

She continued: “Also don’t forget that words can be taken out of context when doing interviews… still not apologising for what everyone wanted to say.

“I don’t understand why people care so much about what I say in interviews,” she finished.

“Do y’all watch the news? Don’t y’all got s**t to worry about?”



It is not the first time that Lovato has accused Swift of being a fake feminist.

In February this year, she lashed out at the Shake It Off singer for donating $250,000 to Kesha's legal defence after she alleged she was sexually assaulted by producer Dr. Luke.

Lovato claimed to have no problem with the donation itself; rather, she took insult with the fact that Swift had not used her platform to speak out about the issue of sexual assault.

“Take something to Capitol Hill or actually speak out about something and then I'll be impressed,” she wrote.



After being criticised for her comments, Lovato added: “'Not everyone has 250k to just give to people. Would love to but I didn't grow up with money and def haven't made as much as her.

“At least I speak up about s*** that's uncomfortable to talk about rather than trying to be politically correct 24/7…

"I would rather start a dialogue about women coming forward about being raped than throw money at one person.”

Image: Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato in 2009 (Rex Pictures)

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Kayleigh Dray

Kayleigh Dray is editor of Stylist.co.uk, where she chases after rogue apostrophes and specialises in films, comic books, feminism and television. On a weekend, you can usually find her drinking copious amounts of tea and playing boardgames with her friends. 

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