Kesha has released a video to sing her gratitude to those who have supported her during her legal battle. In the short clip, released on Twitter through her lawyer Mark Geragos, Kesha sings “Oh, I don’t know what I would do without you / I don’t know where I would be without.”
— Mark Geragos (@markgeragos) February 26, 2016
Kesha’s acoustic on-screen thanks came after her fans organized a #FreeKesha protest outside Sony’s headquarters Friday. Kesha, 28, originally filed the lawsuit against her music producer, Dr. Luke, in October 2014, and last week a court injunction was denied by New York Judge Shirley Kornreich.
Justice Kornreich said she would not “decimate the contract,” which was “typical for the industry,” and refused claims that Kesha’s career would plummet if she wasn’t free to release music elsewhere.
The “extraordinary measure of granting an injunction” would have enabled the singer to release new music outside of the label, but as Rolling Stones reports, an injunction is hard to get for anyone, and this is nowhere near the end of the lawsuit. Her next court date is set for May 16.
Since last week, Kesha’s cause has been rallied by many high-profile celebrities – and many fans across the world. People took to the street outside the Sony headquarters on Friday to protest in support of the singer.
Taylor Swift is giving the singer $250,000 towards her legal fees, Adele proclaimed her support when accepting one of her four awards at the BRITs and Lady Gaga shared a picture of her and Kesha holding hands on Twitter.
Free Kesha pic.twitter.com/8BjZXq98Qf
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) 24 février 2016
Demi Lovato in particular has been ferocious on Twitter, writing about women empowerment and seemingly criticizing those who are doubting Kesha’s claims:
Someone tell me why anyone would ever feel brave enough to come forward if they are most likely to be ignored or called a liar?
— Demi Lovato (@ddlovato) February 21, 2016
Kesha was also tweeted to by Ariana Grande, Kelly Clarkson, Lily Allen, Lorde, Iggy Azalea, Kelly Clarkson, and JoJo, who was herself freed from her label after a long legal battle back in 2014, as Buzzfeed reported.
My heart is with @KeshaRose.????
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) February 19, 2016
standing with @KeshaRose through this traumatic, deeply unfair time. send good vibes her way everyone
— Lorde (@lorde) February 19, 2016
Im not accusing anyone of anything, but i believe Kesha deserves the ability to move forward, create and earn a living.
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) February 20, 2016
Trying 2 not say anything since I can’t say anything nice about a person… so this is me not talking about Dr. Luke https://t.co/lLhtUHbmgG
— Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) February 19, 2016
I don’t know all the facts, of course, but the bottom line is: it is a terrible feeling to not own your voice/ be able to release music.
— JoJo (@iamjojo) February 19, 2016
Wheatus, of Teenage Dirtbag fame, offered to write songs with Kesha:
@KeshaRose I’ll write songs w u
— wheatus (@wheatus) February 19, 2016
Kesha has also received tremendous support from her fan base, and it’s important to know the “Free Kesha” movement had begun long before this lawsuit. Back in 2013, Kesha fans launched a petition to protect the singer from her producer, saying he was “controlling Ke$ha like a puppet, feeding her what she doesn’t want and her creativity is dwindling.”
She was later admitted into rehab for an eating disorder, which Kesha’s mom told People was the result of Dr. Luke’s harsh pressuring methods.
One of the many problems here, which has been exposed extensively in the media over the past few weeks, and in this Spin piece in particular, is the relentless energy detractors are willing to put in their fight to prove Kesha is lying and made the whole story up.
This, in itself, has strong implications and goes to show how much the rape culture, both in our everyday lives and in the legal system — the Judge said Kesha needed to bring more evidence of her abuse — is still mainstream.
Which brings us to the bigger problem on a larger scale: how are other rape and abuse victims supposed to come forward when this is the treatment and shaming they can expect to get from their peers?
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