Music & Culture
Is Demi Lovato Making All the Wrong Moves?
Written by T.M. Gaouette | September 30, 2011
She’s out of rehab. She’s giving back to her community and she admits to her vices. But is Demi Lovato making all the wrong moves as she vows to be a good role model?
The following video was brought to our attention recently by a PI reader. It shows Demi Lovato on a recent appearance on Good Morning America. “She was doing really good and was on the right path,” our reader wrote, but regarding the clip she added, “She danced really inappropriately.”
Take a look for yourself.
Earlier in the year, Nicole wrote about Demi Lovato’s stint in rehab in “How Hollywood Hurt Demi Lovato.” I also mentioned that she seemed to be on the right track in my post, “Ashton Kutcher, Justin Bieber and Other Teen Choice Award Highlights.” And now this! But should we be alarmed?
I agree that Lovato’s sexy moves in the Good Morning America clip were inappropriate. For instance, when she faces the boy and runs her hands down his body, when he pretends to smack her butt and then when she sits in the chair and opens her legs. Were these moves sexual? My opinion: Of course they were! Were these moves necessary? No! Were they appropriate for her youngest fans? No!
Songs and moves that sexualize a person are not only inappropriate, but they are way too prevalent. We have too many songs about sex. I honestly believe that these songs put pressure on young girls to be sexy so they can attract a boy (as if that’s all life’s about). I think young artists should instead focus their music on more inspirational topics — songs that give young girls strength, confidence, aspirations and most importantly, faith. Trust me. There is more to life than boys.
Demi Lovato knows all about how the pressure to be perfect is destructive. As a result of her struggles with cutting, eating disorders and drugs, she’s decided to be a role model. Below is a very revealing interview she did recently with Ellen DeGeneres:
I also wanted to include the following clip of Lovato performing her song, “Skyscraper” on Ellen’s show. These are the types of songs I think our young artists should sing about more, songs that make us feel empowered to rise above pain and adversity:
In regards to Lovato’s performance on Good Morning America, I personally think it was unfortunate and hope it doesn’t “inspire” young girls. I do, however, feel that her intentions were sincere in her interview with Ellen.
Demi Lovato is not making all the wrong moves, but with some of them, she’s setting a bad example for young girls. If Lovato is devoted to being a good role model, then she is not only aware, but accepts the fact that young girls may be emulating her. Therefore, she is placing herself in a very important position and she needs to be accountable for everything she says and everything she does.
I don’t doubt that Lovato still struggles with her demons at times, even though rehab seems to have helped. For this reason, we should pray that God keeps her strong in her stance against the devil. Let’s pray that God opens her heart to the strength of His presence alone so that in times of darkness, she reaches out to His light for comfort.
Now it’s your turn to have your say. Do you think Lovato’s moves were inappropriate? How important do you think it is to be a role model?