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Demi Lovato Clapped Back At A Body Shaming Game App Advertisement On Instagram And We’re All In

Demi Lovato may have started her rise to fame with Barney & Friends, but she’s grown into an incredibly strong woman with a platform of her own. The openness of her experiences with addiction, self-harm, and eating disorders have fueled some of her most meaningful songs and connections to Lovatics. Since her overdose in July, we’ve all been hungry to hear how she’s doing.

We know that she’s slowly recovering through rehab and has made a soft entrance back into social media with likes and comments on her friends’ posts. Until this happened.

Demi Lovato’s own posts since rehab have celebrated her voting in the midterm election, post-workouts y ya.

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Caption: “Sweaty, messy jiu jitsu hair.. ???????????? #BJJ #bluebelt #nevergiveup ????????”

Then she saw a pretty despicable ad on Instagram promoting an app that makes a game out of starving out ‘obese’ female characters. Dale, you’ll want to see this with your own eyes.

Then, she saw an ad for “Game of Sultans.”

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Prepare to get super duper pissed off right now, comadres. Let’s first notice that this game is premised off a beauty competition between your hija and your friend’s hija.

She immediately started breaking down why the game is problematic.

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Let’s delve deeper here. ‘Obese’ is a clinical term that has been used colloquially in totally inappropriate ways. It’s based off the BMI which is set to the white normative of ‘healthy’ weight. You can be jacked with a ton of muscle mass and be clinically obese.

My point is that only medical professionals should be using that term.

As someone with a history of eating disorders, she knows that this game just validates mental illness.

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Even more problematic is that the game separates ‘obese’ and ‘pretty’ as competing values. As if beauty only exists on the skinny side of the spectrum. That’s a fat no from me.

The white patriarchy has been trying to ‘control’ women’s weight for far too long.

Lovato went into activism gear, calling on Instagram to “keep this bullsh*t off” people’s feeds.

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It should be a total no-brainer to review this game and see how it could negatively impact users. Younger women and teenagers are especially vulnerable to this hella twisted mentality and eating disorders are far and above the most deadly mental illness.

Then, she took to Twitter to encourage fans to join her petition against Instagram.

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Of course, she reported the advertisement to Instagram and called it out to her 70 million followers, Instagram had to take notice.

Some people went to extremes to support her.

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You gotta love the dedication here, but her point was to first improve the app, not boycott it altogether. She wanted people to voice their complaints to Instagram as well so that way everyone else using the app won’t be harmed by the advertisement.

Others didn’t get it at all.

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Sure, it truly is ‘just an app game,’ but everything we see and expose ourselves to affects us, both subliminally and explicitly. It is important to remember that there are people are struggling with eating disorders and need compassion and help.

The vast majority of people were sincerely moved by Lovato’s efforts.

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For those of us who aren’t *quite* on the other side of recovery, this app can be super triggering. Someone came up with this idea, designers developed it and iTunes approved this app to reach the hands of young women. That is HUGELY problematic in a systemic way.

Like really moved.

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I mean, de acuerdo, mija. Who would disagree with that?

If 2018 was the year of #MeToo, 2019 is definitively a #TimesUp era.

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Last year, we all finally spoke the group conscience; that we’re all experiencing this explicit violence from men and the enabling of letting it all be normal. This year, women are done with that. Time to pay for the injustices of the past and more importantly, refuse to let this patriarchal toxicity to continue to infiltrate and disrupt women’s lives.

The seemingly small, but pervasive microaggressions against women will no longer be tolerated.

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People should never be afraid to speak up when it comes to things that matter to them. Never.

While each of us can always call out things when we see it, a celebrity’s actions will have a huge ripple effect.

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Circus workers try like hell to keep animals in fear because when just one animal gets out of line and fights back, every other one will be reminded of who they truly are. The revolution can start with just one person. Why not you?

Apparently, people were already noticing how problematic the game is.

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How many of us were reporting the ad as abusive or harmful? Only Instagram knows. What we do know for sure is that Lovatics remembered that they have the power to report the ad as well and started using their voices.

Lovato es La Reina of taking painful experiences and using them for good.

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It’s so clear and obvious which version of Demi is happy, healthy, and free.

Since she shamed the fat-shaming app, she’s been all #bopo on her IG story:

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The most helpful, empowering thing you can do for yourself is to follow people who exude positivity. Don’t fall into the trap of criticizing everything in this society that perpetuates negative images of women, because that will leave you feeling angry.

Beauty belongs to every single person.

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Validate yourself on the daily. Write love letters to yourself (really, do it). Tell yourself how incredible you are and remember the full picture.

Demi will forever be an personal icon of recovery.

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The real goal isn’t to be skinny enough for someone else’s standards. It’s to live a happy life in the one body we’ve got; to nourish it, love it, and thank it for all it does for us. It’s not you against your body. It’s you for your body.

While Lovato is feeling blessed for her own sobriety.

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We’ve missed you so much! Clearly, the world needs you, Demi, and there’s a reason your fans are diehard. Demi just makes you feel good about yourself. More buena gente like her, por favor.

Oh, and P.S. Instagram took down the advertisements for Sultran. So speak up and speak out, por siempre!

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Ayyyy, that’s right. You don’t have to be an international celebrity to make a difference. Remember, #TimesUp. This isn’t the year of having patience and tolerating BS. It’s the year that we all rise up and escape this ridiculous circus.


READ: Demi Lovato Is Taking Steps To Recovery And Fans Are Showering Her With Love

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Body Positivity Hashtag Trends After Cardi B Accidentally Posted A Topless Photo On IG Story

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Body Positivity Hashtag Trends After Cardi B Accidentally Posted A Topless Photo On IG Story

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Cardi B is an unabashed supporter of women. The rapper has fought for strippers and politicians and everyone in between. A recent social media snafu by Cardi B has women coming to her side after some body-shaming comments made.

Cardi B accidentally posted a topless photo to her Instagram story and quickly deleted it.

The reaction to the post quickly spawned a social media trend of women standing up for her. #BoobsOutForCardi was trending on all social media platforms as women stood up for Cardi B. Social media users started to attack the rapper for the size of her areolas because that’s something that happens.

Now, in all fairness, Cardi B doesn’t need anyone defending her.

Cardi B is more than capable of standing up for herself and taking control of the situation. However, it is so nice to see women come together to stand up against the kind of body shaming that is so last decade. The world is already too cruel to allow for senseless body shaming to run rampant on social media.

People are celebrating the hashtag and the photos people are posting.

The amount of support for body positivity is a welcome social media trend in 2020. The year has been a tough one for so many people and for so many reasons. Seeing a world that embraces peoples’ bodies is a good reminder that there is some positivity in the world right now.

Even men as showing their support for the cause.

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Ain’t nothing wrong with men supporting women, okay? Body shaming is not specific to just one gender. On the contrary. Men and women face all kinds of pressure to conform to a certain body type.

Be proud of your bodies, y’all.

There is only one of you and your body does not define you. Be kind to yourself, no matter what other people might do or say. It is important to stay true to yourself and to never let anyone ever define who you are.

READ: Model Denise Mercedes Is Using Her TikTok To Empower Women Body Positivity

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Selena Gomez Flaunts Kidney Transplant Scar in Bikini Pic, Says “I feel Confident In Who I Am And What I went Through”

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Selena Gomez Flaunts Kidney Transplant Scar in Bikini Pic, Says “I feel Confident In Who I Am And What I went Through”

Selena Gomez won’t hide her scars from the world.

On Thursday, the Mexican American singer-actress posted a photo to Instagram that instantly made headlines. In the photo, she was wearing blue one-piece half-zip bathing suit from her friend’s new swimwear line La’Mariette.

But it wasn’t the bathing suit that turned heads, but the scar that Gomez proudly displayed on her right inner thigh.

In the caption, Gomez opened up about her body-acceptance journey, specifically in regards to the scar she received from emergency surgery after her 2017 kidney transplant surgery.

“When I got my kidney transplant, I remember it being very difficult at first showing my scar,” she wrote in her caption. “I didn’t want it to be in photos, so I wore things that would cover it up. Now, more than ever, I feel confident in who I am and what I went through…and I’m proud of that. T – Congratulations on what you’re doing for women, launching @lamariette whose message is just that…all bodies are beautiful.”

The photo is notable because Gomez’s scar was first captured by paparazzi in 2018 while she was on a boating trip in Australia.

Back then, Gomez didn’t have control over narrative or how her body was presented to the world. But now she does. And a change like that makes all the difference.

Fans immediately praised Gomez’s bravery, adding comments like “You are so strong and powerful” and “Thank you for showing our scars are beautiful and all bodies are beautiful!”

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A sufferer of lupus, Selena Gomez has had a long and difficult health journey. In 2017, she received a kidney transplant from her good friend and fellow Latina, Francia Raísa.

Gomez has previously been candid about how grateful she is to Raísa for saving her life. “My kidneys were just done,” Gomez explained in an interview with The Today Show. “That was it, and I didn’t want to ask a single person in my life. The thought of asking someone to do that was really difficult for me. [Raísa] volunteered and did it.”

But the scar that Gomez was displaying in her latest Instagram post was actually the result of an emergency follow-up surgery. According to Raisa, shortly after the kidney transplant, Gomez ruptured an artery. Doctors had to rush Gomez to the operating room to remove a vein in her leg and rebuild a new artery in order to keep the kidney in place.

As of now, Gomez’s body has healed, but as she implied in the caption above, she is still in the process of healing from the emotional trauma that comes with health problems. She truly is an inspiration to us all.

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