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Demi Lovato criticises Taylor Swift for 'tearing' down Katy Perry

Published 04/10/2016

Demi Lovato
Demi Lovato

Demi Lovato believes some stars could be doing more to help women's rights "if they’re going to claim that as part of their brand".

Demi Lovato has blasted Taylor Swift for "tearing" down Katy Perry in her song Bad Blood while simultaneously promoting women's empowerment.

The Cool for the Summer star seemingly took aim at Taylor on social media in February (16) after Taylor gave pop star Kesha money to help her fight a legal battle against producer Dr. Luke, and Demi responded by tweeting she was ready for "self-proclaimed feminists" to take action and speak up about women's rights.

Speaking on their supposed feud to America's Glamour magazine, Demi stood by her comments, insisting some stars should be doing more if they project a feminist or female empowerment image.

“Talking about it at all is doing the work. And I think every woman does her part in some way," she said. "But I think in certain situations, certain people could be doing more if they’re going to claim that as part of their brand."

She also referenced Taylor's song Bad Blood, which is reportedly about her rift with Katy Perry, adding, “And I think that having a song and a video about tearing Katy Perry down, that’s not women’s empowerment. We all do things that aren’t, but I have to ask myself, 'Am I content with calling myself a feminist?' Yes, because I speak out.”

Back in February (16), Demi wrote on Twitter, "Take something to Capitol Hill or actually speak out about something and then I'll be impressed," after Taylor gave Kesha $250,000 (£196,000) to help her pursue her sexual and emotional abuse claims against Dr. Luke.

She continued her criticism by mentioning Taylor's squad, which features stars such as Cara Delevingne, model Gigi Hadid and Selena Gomez, and how they promote a "false image" of what women should look like.

Demi prefaced this comment by saying, "This will probably get me in trouble," but after her interview hit headlines on Tuesday (04Oct16) she remained defiant, tweeting, "I get asked questions. I answer them. Sue me."

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