Former Disney Channel star Dylan Sprouse has blasted an essay by fellow former Disney kid Joe Jonas, who described the pressure he and his band the Jonas Brothers felt to live up to the wholesome Disney image.
"First, I think it's ---- that they were being robbed of choice or creativity," the one-time star, with brother Cole, of "The Suite Life of Zack & Cody" wrote on his Tumblr page, in response to a fan's question. "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."
Sprouse, 21, now a student at New York University, went on to say, "Nowadays artists just assume they have to do what they are told by their proprietors because there is a 'rigid structure to achievement.' It is nothing more than a scheme to rob you of your individuality and capitalize the gain they acquire from such treachery. If you believe this, not only are you incredibly foolish, but you are a BAD ARTIST... Not only is it not too late for them to redefine themselves now, it was never too late."
Meanwhile, another former Disney star, Demi Lovato -- a one-time Jonas girlfriend whose troubled behavior he spotlighted in his essay -- was more equanimous, tweeting simply, "Joe Jonas, love you, brother. #family/friendsforever."
Her actress sister Dallas Lovato was less forgiving, however. "Pathetic how people cut others down to get attention off themselves," she tweeted. "Loser."