Demi Lovato Criticized For Posing With Turkey Before Roasting And Eating One

Demi Lovato has been slammed by social media users for posing with a live turkey before proceeding to roast and eat one on Thanksgiving. In early November, Lovato visited Farm Sanctuary in California, an organization that advocates against animal agriculture. While there, she took a picture with one of the farm’s birds. However, come November 26, she sat down to a big turkey dinner like millions of other American families.

  1. I suppose it does seem a bit hypocritical. One particularly observant Twitter user pointed out the contrasting images, posting the photo of Lovato holding the live turkey side by side with an image of her family’s Thanksgiving turkey she posted so social media on the big day. It went viral pretty immediately, racking up more than 826,000 likes and 110,000 retweets.
  2. A lot of people really weren’t happy. Many Lovato fans and vegetarians/vegans took to Twitter to express their disdain with the singer, with one writing, “It’s not funny, animals had feelings, and they feel pain, I don’t know your private life and the reason you eat meat, but you can’t deny that some animals are seeing as objects and others as pets.” Another angry commenter added: “I ain’t trying to control what she eats but she/her PR team could do a better job controlling what social causes her image is attached to. If you can’t/don’t want to be vegan, then taking a photo shoot at a vegan rescue looks like performative clout chasing.”
  3. However, Lovato did have some supporters. As others pointed out, it’s pretty ridiculous to hold someone to a ridiculous standard over something so silly and to subscribe so heavily to cancel culture. “Y’all are canceling Demi Lovato for eating a turkey on thanksgiving because she visited a farm and took a selfie with a turkey once???” one defender wrote. To be honest, they’re kind of right.
  4. Meat eaters aren’t monsters. While I definitely think it’s important to be mindful of what we eat and where it comes from, I also don’t think that Demi Lovato is some evil demon for posing with a turkey and also eating one, but I guess everyone has their own opinions.

Jennifer Still is a writer and editor with more than 10 years of experience. The managing editor of Bolde, she has bylines in Vanity Fair, Business Insider, The New York Times, Glamour, Bon Appetit, and many more. You can follow her on Twitter @jenniferlstill