She made a joke and it was no laughing matter.
And Demi Lovato deactivated her Twitter account hours after posting that she was ‘laughing at’ memes of the rapper 21 Savage who was arrested earlier this morning by ICE agents in Atlanta, Georgia.
The 26-year-old singer was quick to receive hateful messages about her drug use and sobriety following the since-deleted posts and took to Instagram to share some of the hurtful comments from users.
The Grammy-nominated rapper was detained by US Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Sunday morning in a targeted operation in the Atlanta area.
An ICE spokesman said the musician, whose real name is Sha Yaa Bin Abraham, is a British citizen who entered the country legally in 2005 but overstayed his visa, which expired in July 2006.
‘If you’re gonna come at me for making a joke, try coming at me with something original not involving drugs,’ she later tweeted.
She quickly wrote her disinterest with the platform, saying, ‘F*** Twitter. This is why I don’t tweet anymore.’
Minutes later she tried further explaining herself, sharing a meme of someone writing a letter with a feather quill.
‘FYI this is the s*** I’m laughing at.. not the fact that anyone is getting deported,’ she tried to clarify before ultimately deactivating her account.
Twitter users were not impressed with Lovato’s antics and quickly expressed their dismay with her flagrant words.
‘Why is somebody freedom funny … I don’t get the joke,’ Wale shared to his five million followers before explaining that ‘a lot of people were sending you love light, prayers.’
‘You’re line stepping and this is trash,’ activist George Johnson tweeted. ‘He is now separated from his family NOTHING about ICE is funny or a joke for Black and Brown folks.’
The Sorry Not Sorry songstress then took to Instagram to share screen grabs of users writing harsh comments about drug use and rehab stints.
She later wrote a lengthy response to try and prove she ‘wasn’t laughing at anyone getting deported’ in hopes to quell the negative talk.
‘I know that’s not a joke.. not have I EVER laughed at that,’ she wrote. ‘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.’
Demi entered a rehab facility after an apparent overdose at her Hollywood Hills home in late July and recently celebrated six months of sobriety.
She’s remained open about her struggles with addiction and mental health, and posted in August, ‘I have always been transparent about my journey with addiction. What I’ve learned is that this illness is not something that disappears or fades with time. It is something I must continue to overcome and have not done yet,’ she wrote.