One of the joys of fame is the often massive platform it gives you to amplify an important, or urgent message. One of the pitfalls is that everyone’s a critic, and sometimes the pushback on something you think is super vital can be heartbreaking, or just plain mean.
But if you think that will make Demi Lovato back down even one inch after haters launched attacks on her politically-driven new song “Commander in Chief,” well, you just don’t know Demi.
“You do understand as a celebrity, I have a right to political views as well?” Lovato wrote in response to some mean comments about the song she dropped Tuesday night (Oct. 13).
The track sends a clear message to President Donald Trump by asking the question, “Were you ever taught when you were young / If you mess with things selfishly, they’re bound to come undone? / I’m not the only one that’s been affected and resented every story you’ve spun.”
“Or did you forget that we aren’t just around to entertain people for our entire lives,” she continued. “That we are citizens of the same country and we are humans with opinions as well? The difference between me and the type of artist you WANT and EXPECT me to be, (but I’m sorry honey that will never BE me) I literally don’t care if this ruins my career.”
In an Instagram Story, Lovato posted a comment in which the person asked if Lovato realized that songs like “Commander in Chief” make people who don’t share the singer’s political views feel like they can’t listen to her anymore. “We could care less what you post about politics but this song is going to at to far especially when the majority of your family is Republican,” they wrote (Lovato crossed out the person’s name). “I’m personally ashamed to be a Lovatic right now but no matter how hard it is I’m not letting this song change my feelings about you especially after everything you helped me with. I really hope this doesn’t ruin your career Demtria.”
“Commander in Chief” was co-written by Lovato with Julia Michaels, Finneas, Justin Tranter and Eren Cannata; the singer will perform it for the first time on Wednesday’s night’s (Oct. 14) 2020 Billboard Music Awards.
The accompanying music video shows Americans of all ages, races and nationalities, coming together as a united country ahead of the Nov. 3 presidential election.
Lovato also posted another nod to her right to freedom of expression in the story in the form of a collage that featured the phrases: “Music is art. Art is expression. Meant to create conversation. We are headed into the most important election of our lives. This song isn’t about division. This is about finding answers from our sitting president. So please debate and talk about voting. That’s what this is all about.”
It wasn’t all negative blowback. Lennon Stella posted an image of the song with the message, “I cannot explain the feeling this just gave me. Chills from head to toe and sobbing my face off. Thank you for this @ddlovato.”
Lovato concluded her post with a double-down on her intention to keep on keeping on and not letting anyone scare her from speaking her mind. “My career isn’t about that,” she wrote. “I made a piece of art that stands for something I believe in. And I’m putting it out even at the risk of losing fans. I’ll take integrity in my work over sales any day. As much as I would like to be sad that I disappointed you, I’m too busy being bummed that you expect me, a queer Hispanic woman, to silence my views/beliefs in order to please my audience.”
Check out Lovato’s post and “Commander in Chief” below.
And, to be fair, it wasn’t all hate.