Dove Cameron slams "cruel messages" following her recent hospitalisation

2 January 2019, 17:25 | Updated: 2 January 2019, 17:29

Dove Cameron poses at the opening night after party for the new musical Clueless/her text
Dove Cameron hospitalised after injuring her "neck, back and spine". Picture: Getty/Instagram/@dovecameron
Jazmin Duribe

By Jazmin Duribe

Dove Cameron just wants a little "empathy and understanding".

The Dumplin' cast member had to drop out of her Off-Broadway production of 'Clueless: The Musical' for a few days after injuring her "neck, back and spine". Dove Cameron, who is starring as lead character Cher Horowitz, got dragged by people who had bought tickets online, including the mother of one fan who had traveled to New York just to see her.

In an Instagram post, Cameron opened up about her health, revealing she was spending some time in the ER. "Hi loves. You've been asking what sent me to the ER the other night and I didn't wanna leave you hanging," she penned. "While I was dancing, something happened with my upper spine and neck and the surrounding nerves, which is why I couldn't rotate my neck or back."

Now, not being able to move your neck or back at all sounds super scary, not to mention painful AF. She added: "I'll be fine, but I need to rest and not aggravate my injury for a few days. Because of this, I have had to miss a few performances of Clueless: The Musical."

Alongside the lengthy note, Dove shared a photo of her ER bracelet, fastened over her top. She also gushed about her understudy Katie Goffman, as well as the "tremendous" cast and company. Aww.


But Dove didn't stop there, of course. The Disney star had no problem with calling out people who had sent "cruel messages" about her being a no-show. Sure, people find it annoying when singers cancel concerts, or performers duck out of shows, but everyone's health should come first.

She added: "Even though I had communicated that I was taking care of my health I got messages saying I 'ruined someone's holiday,' or that I was 'so lazy' because I 'couldn't get it together just for one show,' or I 'didn't care about my fans'. The impulse to punish, degrade and make an artist feel guilty for prioritising their health over a few shows is not only inappropriate, but it is unsafe, objectifying and a bad example to others.

"I see this happen all the time with artists who are expected to be like robots and never go down, when our jobs are incredibly physically demanding (as our body IS our livelihood and job) and when we are, in fact, only human. And assuming that a person is 'lazy' is not only disrespectful to that person's work ethic, but also, simply, baseless."

Dove's post comes just a few days after she announced that she would be taking a social media hiatus. Dove bravely admitted that her anxiety was at an "all time high" and she need time to rebuild. She tweeted: "I think I’m going to try to take a social media break. Just a few days. To see if it helps. I love you all so much! Truly, from the purest part of my heart. Thank you for everything."