Demi Lovato explained her outrage perfectly. And if the Swifties want to make it about Taylor Swift then they’re missing the point. After Lovato seemed to blast Swift over the latter’s generous $250,000 donation to Kesha’s legal fund, many Swift fans called out Lovato saying she was using the situation to take unnecessary shots at Swift in what they characterize as a rivalry between the two singers. Nope, said Lovato, not even close. She meant it was time to — borrowing a proverb — teach women to fish. “Give a person a fish, you feed her for a day; Teach her to fish, she’ll eat forever,” goes a version of the wisdom. Lovato basically believed Swift’s gift, while helpful, is more like giving a fish. Lovato is more interested in teaching women who are raped to confront their accusers everywhere. After all, hardly anyone else in that situation is going to get a check from Taylor Swift. Lovato wants to change the landscape.
“There’s no ‘rivalry,'” Lovato explained. “I just give more fucks than other people and would rather start a dialogue about women coming forward about being raped than throw money at one person.” Later she added: “All I want to see is women coming together and actually making a difference. A real change and shift in society.”
As most people know, I tend to get fired up about the things I believe in, and although my heart and intentions are always in the right place, unfortunately sometimes my passion gets the best of me and causes me to say things that I probably shouldn’t say. And when doing so it takes away from the real reason I am speaking up in the first place. Our focus should be on the topic of victims of sexual and physical abuse being afraid to come forward with their stories. They’re more likely to face retaliation and harassment than to see justice being served. Especially women. It baffles me that when it comes to serious issues like equality and abuse, too often women are not taken as seriously as men. All I want to see is women coming together and actually making a difference. A real change and shift in society. Everyone has their own way of giving support to others , and at the end of the day, helping victims is all that matters. Ultimately, the message I want people to hear is it’s okay to come forward with your abuse and if you do decide to take action, you are not alone.