The BBC has insisted that an apology aired during Demi Lovato’s set at ‘The Biggest Weekend’ was down to her language, rather than references to same-sex love during her performance.
On Sunday (27 May), Demi performed a string of hits live from Swansea, including her 2015 cut ‘Cool For The Summer’, which made headlines upon its release due to its references to bisexuality.
During the performance, Demi was seen grinding on one of her female dancers, ending in a message to the crowd that they should “love who they want to love”.
When airing the performance, the BBC chose this ill-timed moment to flash up an apology, saying: “We apologise if you’ve been offended by anything in this stream.”
Unfortunately, this prompted many to jump to the conclusion the BBC were apologising for the bisexual elements to Demi’s song and performance, which sparked a decidedly angry reaction on social media:
Demi dances with a woman at BBC’s Biggest Weekend and told the crowd to love whoever they wanna love and they felt the need to apologize if she offended anyone... that’s wack pic.twitter.com/wVfn3xLTOp— ً (@visionsofdanis) May 27, 2018
The BBC posted an apology on the screen during Demi's Biggest Weekend performance on CFTS, alluding to her bisexuality, Demi did a cheeky dance with a dancer before shouting to the crowd: "Love who you want to love and go tell your mother!" pic.twitter.com/W1NEtG2r3R— hanna (@onlyfxxrever) May 27, 2018
Demi : Love who you wanna love— LovaticSquad ⛓ (@Costanza_Fam) May 27, 2018
I’m speechless. BBC said sorry for the moment when Demi was with the girl? What’s the fucking problem? Homophobia, hello? Sad AF— Rosie (@itsdemissues) May 27, 2018
Demi danced with a girl on stage and told the crowd to love who they wanna love and BBC just... pic.twitter.com/BUz21cgY72— laura (@kiwiofthetimes) May 27, 2018
an apology was posted on screen after demi danced with a.... ready for this.... A GIRL!!! omg how dare she dance WITH A GIRL.— paige 60 (@demidevotionxo) May 27, 2018
I SERIOUSLY CANT BELIEVE RADIO 1 HAD TO PUT AN APOLOGY UP CAUSE DEMI DANCED WITH WOMEN AND TOLD THE AUDIENCE TO LOVE WHO THEY WANT TO LOVE SMH PEOPLE NOWADAYS GET OFFENDED BY ANYTHING pic.twitter.com/HkSntYtanw— mols ]]>🥀🤷