It seems like all the Disney Stars of yesterday have been desperate to shed their former cookie-cutter image; some did it subtle—like Selena Gomez’s debut in Spring Breakers, others not so much (we’re looking at you, Miley) while some did it organically (read: Zac Efron and Demi Lovato).
But there’s one part of his essay that has his Disney peer Dylan Sprouse up in arms!
In the essay, Joe write, “We went along with [bad writing] at the time, because we thought Disney was our only real show, and we were terrified that it could all be taken away from us at any moment. Being a part of a company like that comes with certain expectations. Not overtly, but there was a subtle vibe.”
Disney channel vet Dylan—who costarred with his brother Cole on The Suite Life of Zack and Cody—took to his blog to address Joe’s claims about the house of mouse.
“First, I think it’s bullsh*t that they were being robbed of choice or creativity,” he wrote. “If they wanted to, they could have told Disney ‘NO.’ Cole and I did this hundreds of times and we ended up all right. The only reason they didn’t is because, like many of the people on that channel, I think they fell for the allure of fame. Granted, Cole and I had been acting our entire lives, so we saw it as a means to an end (money making) rather than an opportunity to be successful.”
Dylan isn’t the only member of the Disney family to react poorly to Joe’s essay; Demi’s sister, Dallas, tweeted, “Pathetic how people cut others down to get attention off themselves.. Loser.”
In the essay, Joe talks openly about Demi, their friendship and relationship, her stint and rehab and more. Still, Demi assured fans that there was no bad blood between her and Joe.
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) December 2, 2013