The singer, who suffered an apparent drug overdose back in July 2018, tweeted "So far 21 Savage memes have been my favourite part of the Super Bowl,” referencing the arrest of Savage, who is a British citizen that entered the US legally in 2005 and is alleged to have overstayed his visa. The rapper is facing deportation following a felony drug charge in 2014.
Lovato’s tweet didn’t go unnoticed, as her followers responded with heavy criticism, calling her a “crackhead.” The rapper Wale replied by saying “Why is somebody freedom funny” and noted that when Lovato suffered from an overdose, she faced rough jokes as well.
Why is somebody freedom funny… I don’t get the joke https://t.co/Eyf4clympS— Wale (@Wale) 4 февраля 2019 г.
A lot of people were sending you love light, prayers etc. When people were making jokes about u at a rough time. A lot of people.Bless up https://t.co/9sxe1rJuA2— Wale (@Wale) 4 февраля 2019 г.
Another rapper, Offset, also wrote that the memes about Savage 21 aren’t funny.
ALL THE MEMES AND SHIT AINT FUNNY WHEN SOMEBODY GOING THROUGH SOME— OFFSET (@OffsetYRN) February 4, 2019
PRAYING FOR MY DAWG
AINT SHIT FUNNY HIS FANILY
DEPENDING ON HIM
Lovato replied that she was referring only to memes about 21 Savage being an illegal British immigrant and not about getting deported, and slammed the bringing up of her addiction issues in response to her original posting.
“F**k Twitter," she wrote before she deactivated her account. “This is why I don’t tweet anymore. If you’re gonna come at me for making a joke, try coming at me with something original not involving drugs.”
Yet despite deactivating her Twitter account, the argument between Lovato and Wale continued on Instagram
Some people on Twitter, however, took Lovato’s side, noticing that while jokes about Savage 21 had become viral, she was the only one to face a backlash.
Black twitter: 😂😂😂😂😂😂😂😂— King K. (@Unkle_K) February 4, 2019
Demi Lovato: Loo-
Black Twitter: pic.twitter.com/5uJpsmb5Gf
Twitter: *laughs and makes fun of 21 savage*— Esteban 🥵 (@boiie_) February 4, 2019
Demi lovato: *laughs like everyone else*
Twitter: “BOI I KNOW U AINT LAUGHIN”
Demi lovato: pic.twitter.com/mZjvmCcRLs
Others noted that this is far from the first twitterstorm the “Confident” singer has faced and cautioned that she should be more careful about what she writes.
Demi Lovato.. The next time she finds something funny pic.twitter.com/nJRc2M1JSH— Rayan (@africa_bebe) February 4, 2019
demi lovato trying to exist without offending yall pic.twitter.com/CDzZCDQvIa— seren (@seweniti) February 4, 2019