Demi Lovato found herself in hot water over the weekend after an innocent-enough live Q&A session on Twitter turned into a lesson in sexual harassment.
Things were fine as she shared her thoughts on tattoos, pasta, and bungee jumping, but the conversation soon turned sour when she was asked about the “funniest prank” she’s ever pulled—and the answer did not sit well with fans.
In a since-deleted tweet, the singer described a "joke" she played on her bodyguard. “I hired a lady of the night in Vegas and sent her to Max’s hotel room to surprise him,” she wrote. “She walked into his room without permission and grabbed him in this ‘area’ and he freaked the f— out hahahaha.”
Funny to Lovato, though not her fans. Her social followers proceeded to call her out for not having the foresight to view her simple prank as an act of sexual harassment and assault.
Other fans quickly came to Lovato’s defense, explaining that we don’t know the full story, and that the singer herself has previously spoken out against harassment. She quickly deleted her reply and followed-up with a response about easily offending people, later suggesting a look at the lyrics to her song, “Warrior,” which is about sexual abuse.
Eventually, she apologized for the incident altogether, though it appears her bodyguard Max came to her defense, explaining he wasn’t bothered by the “prank” and loves working for Lovato.
For Max, it was no big deal.
Moral of the story? Always get permission before executing a prank that violates someone's personal "area." Or at the very least, don't tweet about it.