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Is Demi Lovato Making All the Wrong Moves?

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?


Is Demi Lovato a positive role model for you?

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  1. Aryandil

    Posted by Aryandil on March 30, 2015 at 14:41

    In all honesty, her manager probably told her to do that. I’m kind of disappointed with these articles about celebrities; they tend to drag down the celebrity-in-question and subtly attack all the “wrong things” they do. I’m not saying the dancing was appropriate. But seriously, how many kids actually watch Good Morning America? Maybe teens, but they usually know better than that.

  2. Sydney_Andrews

    Posted by Sydney_Andrews on October 28, 2013 at 09:26

    While Demi is not the biggest role model to myself personally, I feel like she is an inspiration to many young girls who feel/felt like she did and it’s refreshing to know that she’s not keeping everything hidden and trying to be a good role model.

  3. Project Inspired

    Posted by Flynnster1094 on August 7, 2012 at 08:21

    Demi Lovato is a huge role model to me. Many may comment on her actions, but not truly understand what she has been through. I have been through exactly the same things she has. I know what it’s like. I’m not saying the dancing was ok, but really, how many of us have danced in a way that isn’t very appropriate? I’m not saying that makes it ok, but I’m saying we have no room to judge. We screw up too. She is human just like us and she screws up too. But look at what she has overcome and what she is doing to help others struggling. She is an amazing young woman and she is a huge source of inspiration for me.

  4. naynay141516

    Posted by naynay141516 on July 7, 2012 at 10:52

    Its so sad what happens to stars. They just need prayer and someone to tell them that Jesus is the answer for all of their struggles, not alchol, cutting, and drugs, and if they take hold of His promises, he won’t give up on them 🙂

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by elizey7 on October 20, 2015 at 16:09

      It’s like her new song says: “What’s wrong with being confident?”

  5. Project Inspired

    Posted by EverydayImWorshipping on June 24, 2012 at 12:23

    I’m a huge Demi fan and this video really disappointed me. I understand she’s not Mitchie in Camp Rock anymore but even as an adult she doesn’t have to make these decisions to dance and sing provocatively. I’d be embarrassed honestly.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by elizey7 on October 20, 2015 at 16:10

      Like it or not, she is a good role model. She did those moves with confidence. If my kids see something like that and ask what it is, I will tell them that it is a woman being confident about who she is, and how she doesn’t let anyone’s feelings affect her own. #whatswrongwithbeingconfident

  6. Project Inspired

    Posted by Abby on March 18, 2012 at 16:10

    This is the very first time that i seen her act like that … you know with the provacitive dancing …. I hope Jesus will shine a light on her, and show her whats right and how such a great God he is just like i know him to be, and to let her know theirs healing in his name.

    • Project Inspired

      Posted by elizey7 on December 11, 2015 at 08:06

      So you don’t admire the fact that she did those moves with confidence?

  7. Project Inspired

    Posted by haley_nicole_4_Christ on January 29, 2012 at 12:59

    Are you trying to make her feel MORE less confident! She was just trying to be “sexy”. She just got out of treatment like a little less than a year ago! Quit it! 🙁

  8. Project Inspired

    Posted by TheSaniChan on December 18, 2011 at 19:18

    Listen…guys I do agree this is inapropriate, but you have to understand that she has a bunch of songs that can inspire her young veiwers and that she has older fans too. A celebrity should try to ammuse all of her fans to keep them, its the parents jobs to keep their child from watching this.

  9. pinkpenguin318

    Posted by pinkpenguin318 on December 5, 2011 at 10:04

    Look what being a Disney star does to people. It makes girls instantly go from sweet an innocent to sexy and gross. There’s nothing wrong with Disney stars before they “grow up.” But when they do, we’re all shocked because we’re used to Miley Cyrus as innocent Hannah Montana telling elementary-aged girls to live their dreams to “grown-up” Miley Cyrus with parents who are divorcing. And her wardrobe goes from cute and stylish when she was starting out with Hannah Montana to “what is she wearing!?”

    I think what all Disney stars need is support from their parents and Christianity. Or even if they were some other religion. They just need a good role model. And “Kiernan” is right–we should find our ultimate Role Model in CHRIST who overcame temptations, sin, the Devil–everything that earth had thrown at him!!!

  10. Project Inspired

    Posted by morgan_edwards on November 5, 2011 at 19:10

    I remember after her album “Here We Go Again”, I fell in love with her. Her style and her positive influence was awesome. Especially when I read the back “Thank You’s”… After reading those and watching these… I am confused. Here’s what it said:
    “God – Without Him, I wouldn’t be here, I wouldn’t have a voice, and I definitely wouldn’t have a second album. All of my passion comes from him, and I hope that this album inspires someone because this isn’t my work, this is His.”

  11. Posted by on November 2, 2011 at 19:31

    I wish it wasnt true but in our country and culture we tend to judge and condem before finding out the truth which more often than not is hard to find. She is a good role model who made a bad discision like everyone else does because we are humans and we sin. I know she has gone through some of the same stuff as me and I love watching her on tv.

  12. Posted by on October 16, 2011 at 13:55

    Once again, Disney has taken a child/teen with great star potential, forcing them to keep a squeaky-clean image, and now that child/teen is trying to grow away from the teen-y bopper image Disney gave them and trying way to hard to appeal to older audiences-with little to no regard to their younger fans. Sad what defines true beauty and stardom in our culture. Thats why I like J-Pop, Japan lets their stars be who they want to be. I hope Demi can get he act together.

  13. Posted by on October 12, 2011 at 15:59

    OK, is it just me, or does it look like Demi got a nose job? Because her nose is so much smaller than it used to be…why would she do that to herself?!

  14. Posted by on October 11, 2011 at 11:25

    I was so excited when she and Selena Gomez first made an apperance on tv. I was hoping that they would stay strong & not b like other celebs. I guess i was wrong… It was really hard for me to accept that Demi Lavato was in rehab for all the things she did. But i am so proud to say that i prayed for her alot during that time and still am.

    • Posted by on November 2, 2011 at 19:40

      I know Demi was in rehab for mental issues and the fact that she was bullied as a child and never dealt with it properly. She was helping herself and her family and fans by dealing with her issues.

  15. Posted by on October 9, 2011 at 14:56

    I have to say that I’m disappointed in her actions! The only time I’ve seen her or really looked at her was in ‘Camp Rock’ and I’ve heard a few of her songs. I thought she was a really good person until I saw this. I never knew she was in rehab or anything. But now that I’ve read this and watched the videos…it’s really sad what some celebrities go to for fame.

  16. Posted by on October 9, 2011 at 10:31

    No she isnt a good role model. shes not modest, she sings (now) dirty songs, and dances dirty. No she is not a good role model. Jesus is my only role model! He will never lead us wrong! Best just to stick with the one who cant sin as your role model!

    • Posted by on October 15, 2011 at 18:26

      agreed! Can’t BELIEVE so many people are sticking up for her! you can admit she’s a bad role model and has no class without hating her, ya know.

  17. Posted by on October 8, 2011 at 13:43

    I hop that Demi gets better so thet i can c her on t.v some more, i miss seeing her.

    • Posted by on October 17, 2011 at 07:32

      yah, I loved her tv show- it was really cute and funny.

    • Posted by on October 11, 2011 at 11:28

      I do 2. =/

  18. Posted by on October 8, 2011 at 09:07

    I agree. Sha has overcome a lot of her issues and has been a positive influence, but I feel she has came back dressing more revealing and I don’t think that helps girls with image problems.

  19. Posted by on October 7, 2011 at 21:52

    i don’t think their was much wrong with her dancing i mean yea its maybe not the most appropriate but their are so many people that are 100xs worse. change doesn’t happen so quick, give her a bit more chance. nobody is perfect. and despite the fact that i think somethings need to be addressed i don’t think demi is someone who should get bashed on, lady gaga and the kardashians i think personally is a different story.

    • Posted by on November 2, 2011 at 19:43

      I agree 100%

    • Posted by on October 15, 2011 at 18:25

      oh well if she isn’t AS bad, that means how sluttily she danced is OKAY, right? logic FAIL.

      She is an ill-mannered, selfish, spoiled brat who is desperate for attention to be on her, so she dresses- and dances- like a stripper.

  20. Posted by on October 7, 2011 at 20:43

    Yahh…they weren’t the best appropriate dance moves but it was kind of funny. I think it also was kind of a joke…I wouldn’t take it too seriously.

  21. Posted by on October 7, 2011 at 17:30

    Prayin for her, and whatever celebrities, or anyone for that matter, is goin what shes goin through 🙂

  22. Posted by on October 7, 2011 at 14:57

    Can you write an article about the Christian band Skillet? I really love their songs like “Monster” and “Hero”. Thanks. 😀

    • Posted by on October 8, 2011 at 18:29

      i love “hero” me and my friend josh are obsessed with skillet

    • Posted by Nicole on October 7, 2011 at 21:39

      I will check them out now, thankyou!

      • Posted by on October 16, 2011 at 13:56

        My BGF (Best Guy Friend) and his fam is so into them! They’re a great band!

  23. Posted by on October 7, 2011 at 11:16

    I dooo BELIVE & KNOW Demi Lovato is a POSITIVE role model.Yes Demi Lovato made a mistake but its not her fault everybody makes mistakes Miley Cyrus has to but i see her still as a role model!! Every1 makes mistakes and also just because there my role models and made that mistake dosent mean im going to do the same.Everyone and I mean everyone faces issues towards life and its okai as long as you get up and make things better.Demi will always be my role model for me and other teens and children! Thank you Demi for doing your campaign it will help and save alot of people
    Sincerly Loreyna

  24. Posted by on October 5, 2011 at 17:51

    It’s so sad that a lot of things in the world today are going downhill. From TV to music and now Disney celebreties. To me it’s like, why would anyone want to be the next Disney star? Sure you could end up like Selena or Hilary Duff, but theres more of a chance you’ll end up like Demi or Miley.

  25. Posted by on October 5, 2011 at 04:41

    I love Demi to pieces, especially after what happened to her … but that video? Pathetic.

  26. Posted by on October 2, 2011 at 20:33

    I am personally a huge Demi supporter and I think she’s doing just fine. I understand what you’re saying about her putting out strong uplifting songs like Skyscraper and if you listen to her latest cd you see that a good chunk of them are speaking to personal issues and are very honest. But at the same time, we can’t always be so serious. She’s a young woman and she’s having a little fun and showing some sass. As long as she finds a healthy balance between the two, I don’t see anything wrong with what she’s doing. Just my opinion.

  27. Posted by on October 2, 2011 at 19:14

    I agree completely with you! I was thinking the same thing about Demi, that she is getting to be like all the other sexualized singers. I do love her song Skyscraper, though! I think it is very uplifting! Ever since she’s gotten out of rehab she’s been dressing sexy-it’s seriously gross! Now, everytime I see a new photo of her at an event her boobs are all hanging out! It’s sick! She should reavaluate her clothing, and see if her fans, (especially the younger ones), would approve. I liked the old her better… 🙂 Unfortunately, most Disney girls go on a path like this. She’s not totally bad yet, but we will wait and see. Of course, I am pleased to know there are still some very nice Disney girls out there such as Debby Ryan, Selena Gomez, Bridget Mendler… just to name a few.

    • Posted by on October 8, 2011 at 07:58

      Bridget Mendler is so cute!

  28. Posted by on October 2, 2011 at 00:39

    wow. i’m shocked! but i guess i shouldn’t be.

  29. Posted by on October 1, 2011 at 21:48

    If you’ve listened to more of Demi Lovato’s songs, you would know that most of what she sings falls under your “inspirational” category, and very few are all about boys. While a few moments in her performance may have been too mature for young fans, the same moves would not have been too inappropriate for the majority of her fans, most of whom are adolescents. I’m not going to say her actions were a one time thing, but I don’t think it’s fair to judge her and say she’s not a good role model when she lives a life of integrity–especially compared to some other celebrities. I’m may not be a fan, but I would still say she is a good role model.

  30. Posted by on October 1, 2011 at 18:21

    Oh… I didn’t know about this.

  31. Posted by on October 1, 2011 at 17:06

    I always looked up to Demi lovato, but her latest songs are mostly like Who’s That Boy…which disappoints me. 🙁 but i still think that she is such a strong person and I do still kinda look up to her as a role model in some ways. And I do know that she is a christian..or at least she says she is, she tweets about God sometimes and has a tattoo of a cross on her hand. I sooooooo hope that she doesn’t continue in the path of Who’s That Boy!

    • Posted by on October 8, 2011 at 07:57

      The tattoos across her wrists are to remind herself not to cut…I am not a proponent of tattoos, but I can understand how that would help her.

  32. Posted by on October 1, 2011 at 15:29

    I’m so confused, I don’t think ANYONE should be acting like that when they just came out of treatment, they should really know better then that.

  33. Posted by on October 1, 2011 at 12:22

    I don’t think those moves were THAT innapropriate, but she should know that she does still have pretty young fans.

    • Posted by on October 3, 2011 at 18:36

      I think anything that has the purpose of trying to seduce a man you’re not married to is inappropriate for a child of God

  34. Posted by on October 1, 2011 at 11:57

    Im definatly disapointed in her sexual dancing but I think Demi is on the right track to getting better and becoming a better role model for young girls. Shes had experiances with bullying and other abusive things so i think she will fight very hard to make an impact on others to warn them against bullying. Thanks for posting it was nice to read!

  35. Posted by on October 1, 2011 at 09:18

    Whooaa… I’ve seen Miley Cyrus dance more conservatively that Demi just danced. I think Demi is such a sweetheart, but honestly in my opinion I think that if she doesn’t have positive role models in her own life she won’t be able to keep a positive role model status either. I have respected Demi for the most part, and in comparison to Miley or Selena she still is on a pretty ‘good’ path, but she is so young and it’s so sad to see those types of moves be acceptable. Also, watching the reactions from the people in the crowd, it was disturbing so see how many people hooted and screamed the guy ran his hands over her body, when she spread her legs, when the boy went under her legs, and when she ‘dropped’ down in front of the guy’s crotch. Then also some of the danc emoves also emulated ‘sex moves’ as well, so over all this was really sad to see. Personally I am not judging Demi for it but it’s sad to see that it’s perfectly acceptable to this society and culture to dress and move like that. To compare Demi with like, Nicki Minaj, yeah she’s a great role model, but to see that since Demi is beautiful it’s okay for her to do that, or since she’s a singer it’s okay for her to do that, is really sad.

    • Posted by on October 3, 2011 at 18:38

      Agreed! She’s still a person and should be treated like one-not like some boy’s chew toy and I hope she respects herself enough to not do that.

  36. Posted by on October 1, 2011 at 09:05

    She is so pretty, its so sad that people would make fun of her when she was younger. I really hope she makes good choices, because I can see her being a role model for a lot of girls going through similar issues. She is defiantly in my prayers.

  37. Posted by on September 30, 2011 at 22:53

    I am a HUGE fan of Demi, mostly because of her voice and how she usually sings wonderful, classy songs. However, I agree that the industry is taking hold of her. I was SO excited for her new album, but a part of me wishes I hadn’t pre-ordered and that I had just purchased the songs I really liked.. It’s fun to dance to some of her new songs, but the words aren’t all that great.
    I hate that she feels she has to act that way. She’s always been great with rock, pop, and classy songs, why does she need to switch to cluby-hiphop stuff?
    Every girl wants to feel sexy at some point I’m sure, but that’s for certain things, we don’t have to be so sexy all the time. I take a hip hop class at my college, and I know for a fact that you don’t need provocative music and moves to make a performance look great.
    Everyone makes mistakes, I just hope she doesn’t let this all get the best of her.
    However, her song Skyscraper does mean so much to me, it really does. I have my reasons for that.
    But I haven’t been paying too much attention to her via twitter and media lately. She turned sort of “Kim Kardashian” with constant promo tweets for her album, it just didn’t seem like she really cared about the fans anymore…
    I don’t want to be the one to judge, but I want to admit that I’m worried, and not too pleased lately.

    Also, I was shocked to find out about the drugs and alcohol, but most teens do much worse, and she did overcome it. 🙂 She made an unhealthy decision for coping. I’m glad that now she copes with more positive habits. 🙂

    And people online talk about how they’ve stopped cutting in thanks to her. She’s made such a good impact, and hopefully continues to do so. 🙂

  38. Posted by on September 30, 2011 at 22:04

    Sometimes I feel that the world thinks ‘confidence’ is the same as ‘sexually confident’ and that ‘pretty’ or ‘beautiful’ are synonymous with ‘sex appeal’. Demi was in rehab for problems relating to her image and self-confidence. I love that she’s recovering and telling girls out there that they can overcome this, but I feel ever since she got out she’s remaking her image in a more oversensualized, sexually mature way that is too old for her and cannot be healthy for other girls to be seeing and looking up to

  39. Posted by on September 30, 2011 at 20:34

    He has really gotten her life back on track. God is going to do great things with her! There is a reason she shares her story.

  40. Posted by on September 30, 2011 at 19:18

    I believe Demi is really at a tough place right now, trying to save her career and make good decisions, but in the Devil’s Playground, thats not always easy. I think she’s really showing that we’re all only human, we all make mistakes, and there’s a way too get better. I look up to her imensely, but not all the time.

  41. Posted by on September 30, 2011 at 19:06

    I love Demi, and I can look past the mistakes that she made, because nobody is perfect and we all make mistakes.

  42. Posted by on September 30, 2011 at 18:42

    Coming from someone who was formally like Demi, she’s hurting. She needs prayers. Joe hurt her. I just feel SO bad for her. And while she may not have danced the best on GMA, she needs our prayers. And she’s hurting. I know you aren’t judging her, but if any of you other girls are, then please listen to Skyscraper. Suicide and cutting are cries for help. Demi was crying out for help. And she got help. That’s something that many teens don’t get. Kids that are suicidal/cut aren’t “messed” up. They just need Jesus and they just need to be loved.

    Demi is a beautiful, amazing, and talented young woman. I admire her for standing strong. And while she might not always dress or dance the best, you have to admit, she’s way better then Miley who is just slutty.

    Take it from someone who has been there. Cutting isn’t funny. And neither is suicide. I even struggle with suicidal temptations someday. I destroyed myself by cutting, trying to kill myself, and I also destroyed my body with anorexia. I’m trying to regain what I lost. And with God’s help I will.

    • Posted by on October 6, 2011 at 08:55

      so well said! I am glad to see Demi rescuing herself from the destructive path she and so many celebs like her go down…So glad to hear Christ’s love is helping you to heal too 🙂

  43. Posted by on September 30, 2011 at 17:52

    Well…I don’t think she should be judge. I know that she’s not yet altogether there but she is only human. She inspires me and I respect her as a singer song writer. We all make mistakes so who are we to judge but I will still pray for her!

    • Posted by on October 9, 2011 at 10:32

      well, the bible tells us to judge…

  44. Posted by on September 30, 2011 at 17:48

    Overall, I still believe Demi Lovato is a very good role model. However, the dancing was slightly inappropriate. But people at my school dance way worse than she did in the video. That’s way I’m debating if I should go to homecoming at my school- because # 1 the dances are out-of control.& #2. I’m an epilieptic, last year I was escorted out in an ambulence. The dances are just akward. What ever happened to modesty?

    • Posted by on October 15, 2011 at 18:17

      Like how she punched a girl, acts like a brat, dresses immodestly, took those dirty pictures, and generally does her best to make sure all the attention is on her?

    • Posted by on October 6, 2011 at 08:52

      I went to a “Christian” prom last spring and it was unbelievable, the way the girls dressed and were dancing! There wasn’t even that many guys there, and the girls still danced and dressed really suggestively…you might want to try reasearching English Country Dances. It’s like a cross between line dancing and square dancing, it’s a blast and many of the groups host formal ‘balls’ that are WAY better than school dances!

  45. Posted by on September 30, 2011 at 17:42

    I’ve always liked Demi Lovato, I think it’s safe to say I’m somewhat of a Lovatic, but I’ll admit, she isn’t making some f the best decisions. But I’ll still support her and pray that she strives to be the RIGHT influence on young girls.

    Also, there’s an artist I wanted to share, who said she will never “show off her breasts” or get involved in drugs just to get fame, she actually wrote a song about it. Her band just came out with a new single not too long ago and their album will be out Oct. 11th. The singer is Amy Lee Hartzler, the lead singer of (my favorite band) Evanescence. I really suggest you check out their music! It’s relatable, it is CLEAN!! Amy has an amazing voice and she’s so talented.

    • Posted by on October 15, 2011 at 18:17

      “clean” isn’t always “good”, though… a lot of her lyrics are depressing and confusing.

  46. Posted by on September 30, 2011 at 17:15

    I think the problem is that for her (as with most of the rest of the world) getting over your personal discomfort with your body means becoming comfortable with being “sexy”. It doesn’t mean realizing how important it is to be self-confident. I wish her way of showing how she has gotten over her negative feelings towards herself didn’t involve giving in to what the world wants her to be. praying for her!

    • Posted by on October 8, 2011 at 18:41

      Exactly!! Hollywood probably thinks that you can either be very unhappy with your body and try to fix it any way possible, or very happy with it and try to show it off any way possible. Maybe the way to be is just satisfied.

  47. Posted by on September 30, 2011 at 17:09

    It’s really hard to find a good role model in today’s celebrities. I’m not saying there aren’t any out there; it’s just it’s hard to find one that isn’t tainted by our culture. I try to keep Christ as my biggest role model because, really, Christ is the only one who did everything right. 🙂

    • Posted by on October 6, 2011 at 10:44


    • Posted by on October 5, 2011 at 16:30

      I love the way you worded that! That is so succinct and profound, so thanks for sharing that! 🙂