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Police contacted Kathy Griffin during Demi Lovato Twitter feud

How serious was the Twitter feud between Kathy Griffin and Demi Lovato? According to Griffin, the conflict had escalated to the point where the police had to get involved.

Kathy Griffin received death threats from Demi Lovato's most extreme fans.
Photo by Steve Jennings

Some of Lovato's most extreme fans had sent the comedienne death threats after she referred to the pop star as the "biggest douche celebrity." In an interview with Howard Stern (via an April 9, 2014 E! News report), Griffin described some of the most vitriolic comments. One fan threatened to burn her house down. Others hoped that she would be raped, get cancer, be murdered, or commit suicide.

That's when authorities had to step in. As Griffin explained, "they actually contacted me. Because at that point it goes beyond just Twitter hate, it's actually legit [threats]."

The sometime reality star also explained the context of her original "douche" comment. Apparently, she thought it would it be "funny" to use Siri to tweet messages one night.

As she commented, "Siri doesn't always interpret everything properly. I couldn't sleep and I actually went on Twitter and said, ‘I'm going to start tweeting things using Siri but I'm not going to correct any of the spelling.' So then someone tweeted back saying, 'Who's the douchiest person you've met?' And Siri interpreted it as Debbie Lovato is a little douche."

Griffin also clarified that she didn't have a problem with Lovato. As she commented, "the point is I have no problem with Demi Lovato, or Debbie as I like to call her, as Siri calls her."

Meanwhile, the "Neon Lights" singer has made it clear that she does not condone the death threats against Griffin, and that she does not support bullying of any kind. As Lovato tweeted on March 25, "@kathygriffin no one should ever wish those things upon ANYONE. I apologize on others behalf. I do NOT approve of that at all. Sorry 4 that."

The former "X Factor" judge also encouraged her fans to spread love, not hate. As she commented, "it makes me so sad to see how mean people can really be after all I've spoken out about anti-bullying. Be an example for other haters. I know my #Lovatics are better than that. I really appreciate you guys always having my back but this is going way too far."

Was Kathy Griffin's "biggest douche" comment out of line? Or was it just an off-color attempt to be funny? Do you buy her "blame Siri" explanation? Either way, no one deserves the kinds of threats that Griffin was receiving. It's good to see Lovato standing up for what's right, even if it means calling out some of her most extremist supporters.

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