Demi Lovato is feeling blue over an increasingly popular rite of passage.
On Feb. 25, the pop star shared an Instagram post stating that gender reveal parties are "transphobic." The social media message, titled "Why Gender Reveals are Transphobic," was initially posted by transgender rights activist Alok Vaid-Menon, and Demi clearly agreed with it.
"This is not about being politically correct, it's about being correct. The refusal to acknowledge this stems from a misunderstanding of what transphobia is," the post said. "Transphobia is not just prejudice or violence against an individual trans person, it is a belief system that presumes non-trans people to be more 'natural' than trans people. Only individual people can self determine their gender."
"We condemn gender reveals not because of our identity, but because of reality," the lengthy post continued. "Gender reveals are based on the illusion that genitals = gender and that there are only two options 'boy or girl'… The idea that sex is based on genitalia is inconsistent with science."
Many of Demi's nearly 100 million Instagram followers commented, and it seemed that a large portion of them weren't feeling the message.
"Most of parents just wanna celebrate that they're having a baby. Not the gender of the baby," one person said. Another said, "This has gone too far." A swath of people said the message was "unfair" or "ridiculous."
"Demi i love you, but this is too much," one person said. "Today a gender reveal is 'transphobic' and then whats gonna be tomorrow?…a birthday celebration is gonna be ageist?!?! People need to stop living in la la land and join reality."