Demi Lovato Apologizes for Joking About Zika Virus on Snapchat

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Demi Lovato photographed on May 14, 2016 in Carson, Calif.

Demi Lovato has apologized for posting a Snapchat video on Friday night (Aug. 12) containing a joke about people in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, getting the Zika virus. The apology arrived after the pop star received strong backlash online.

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In the now-deleted Snapchat video (watch below), Lovato’s mother, Dianna Hart, can be seen seen on camera, saying, "Everybody down in Rio gonna get the Zika virus." The pop star’s laughter was heard in the background.


Okay why the fuck are Lovatics mad at Demi for this? Her Mom said it and was drinking by the looks of it! Why does everyone on the internet have to blow everything out of proportion! I get that it's a disease but seriously people will rip into Demi for anything! And Lovatics if your seriously mad with Demi you have to rethink all she has done for you. Demi should be more appreciated. Why do people who don't even have the disease care. It's like the just fucking looking for something to be mad about and it's so fucking stupid and drives me insane! @ddlovato #demilovato #ddlovato #lovatic #demilovatofan #dontforget #herewegoagain #skyscraper #giveyourheartabreak #unbroken #heartattack #madeintheusa #letitgo #neonlights #reallydontcare #demi #confident #coolforthesummer #stonecold #bodysay #cool #likes #futurenowtour #selenagomez #music #demilovatoexclusives #devonnebydemi #glee #beautiful #demetriadevonnelovato #demetrialovato

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Shortly after, people on social media reacted negatively to the comment with the hashtag #DemiLovatoIsOverParty. On Saturday morning, Lovato responded to the criticism with an apology on Twitter.

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“In no way did I mean to offend anyone last night,” she wrote. “I was laughing at how southern my mom sounded, not the issue at hand. Deepest apologies.”

Lovato followed up with another tweet that reads, “If you watch everything I do, you're still a fan.. I ain't goin nowhere bitches.”