Following confirmation that Taylor Swift donated $250,000 to Kesha in the midst of her legal battle with producer Dr. Luke, Demi Lovato — who previously voiced her support for Kesha — tweeted a statement that many Swift fans took as a shot at the 1989 singer-songwriter.
Take something to Capitol Hill or actually speak out about something and then I’ll be impressed.
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) February 22, 2016
“Take something to Capitol Hill or actually speak out about something and then I’ll be impressed,” Lovato tweeted, not long after sending out a series of tweets targeting “self-proclaimed feminists” who only speak out when it’s “convenient.”
Many Swift fans took this as a subtweet aimed at Swift and voiced their displeasure online. Lovato responded to accusations that she was “shading” Swift via a discussion with Instagram user @ProudOfSwift in the Instagram comments section, which was captured by Just Jared.
“I didn’t shade Taylor,” Lovato wrote. “If you take it that way than [sic] fine. I’m just tired of seeing women use ‘women empowerment’ and ‘feminism’ to further brands without actually being the ones that have the uncomfortable conversations.”
Lovato also disagreed with commenters who felt her tweets on the situation amounted to the “Confident” singer making Kesha’s legal struggle about Lovato.
“How the fuck am I making this about myself” Lovato shot back in an Instagram comment. “At least I’m talking about it. Not everyone has 250k to just give to people. Would love to but I didn’t grow up with money and def haven’t made as much as her. At least I speak up about shit that’s uncomfortable to talk about rather than trying to be politically correct 24/7.”