With just T-minus three weeks, and counting down, before the United States 2020 presidential election, this week Demi Lovato released a new single called “Commander In Chief.” Not surprisingly, the song takes aim at Donald Trump for abusing the office of the presidency, as well as his countless failings during his first (and hopefully last) term in office—as you can see by the song’s chorus, below.
Commander in Chief, honestly
If I did the things you do
I couldn’t sleep, seriously
Do you even know the truth?
We’re in a state of crisis, people are dyin’
While you line your pockets deep
Commander in Chief, how does it feel to still
Be able to breathe?
After an Instagram post teasing the video on Tuesday, however, Lovato was bombarded by negative comments from trolls and bots, many of whom responded with the simple hashtag #trump2020.
Later, in her Instagram story, Lovato took the time to address one comment in particular from a supposed fan who attempted to shame the singer over the tune.
Demi fired back, reminding the commenter that she’s in no way obligated to think or express herself at the whims of her fans.
“You do understand as a celebrity, I have a right to political views as well? Or did you forget that we aren’t just around to entertain people for our entire lives? That we are citizens of the same country and we are humans with opinions as well? The difference between the type of artist you WANT and EXPECT me to be [is that] I literally don’t care if this ruins my career. This isn’t about that. My career isn’t about that. 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 i.e. your family.”INSTAGRAM
She also explained that “literally no one” calls her Demetria, so stop trying so hard and calm down.
Lovato added in another panel to her stories, reminding people to vote.
You can watch the official video for “Commander In Chief” below: