NBC has apparently censored Demi Lovato’s plea for fans to vote in the next election during her performance at the Billboard Music Awards on Wednesday night.
The 28-year-old star took the stage to perform her latest song, “Commander in Chief”.
The song clearly exposes Lovato’s displeasure with President Trump.
“Commander-in-Chief, honestly / If I did the things you do / I couldn’t sleep, seriously,” she sings. “Do you even know the truth?” / We are in a state of crisis, people are dying / While you line your pockets. ”
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TMZ obtained footage of the performance as Lovato intended to air it, which featured the word ‘vote’ splashed onto the stage behind her after concluding the song.
However, on the show, the camera cut a close-up of the singer when the music stopped rather than showing the politically themed backdrop.
Sources told the outlet that NBC felt that because “Commander in Chief” was an anti-Trump song, the message “vote” was too clearly a call to vote against him.
The network is expected to host a town hall with Trump on Thursday evening.
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NBC representatives did not immediately respond to Fox News’ request for comment.
Lovato was not shy about expressing her feelings about Trump, as she received backlash upon the song’s release.
On Instagram, upset fans commented on a recent post to express their irritation, prompting her to share her response on her Instagram story.
“I literally don’t care if this ruins my career,” she replied. “It’s not about that. My career isn’t about that. I made a work of art that represents something that I believe in. And I even put it at risk of losing fans. I take integrity in my sales work every day. ”
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She went on to explain that she, as a “queer Hispanic woman”, will not be “silent” [her] opinions / beliefs to appeal to “fans.”