Lady Gaga has made it known that she is less than impressed with the actions Sony has taken since Kesha’s public plea to leave the label after claiming Dr. Luke allegedly raped her.
In a lawsuit to legally remove herself from the record label, the “We R Who We R” songstress recalls the several occasions when she found herself naked in Luke’s bed. Kesha then adds that she would feel sick and weak when she finally grasped her head around where she was, strongly insinuating that she was drugged prior to being raped.
In a court hearing last week, the judge, however, sided with Dr. Luke and Sony, stating that Kesha has the right to work with any producer she likes, therefore giving her no valid reason not to continue her obligations with the label. The outcome outraged thousands of Kesha’s loyal fans, including Lady Gaga, who has shown her support on Instagram, stating that in order to free Kesha, Dr. Luke needs to be fired from his position.
As fans continued to protest in New York, Gaga captured a snippet from the footage she watched on her phone, captioning it with, “#PeopleOverProfit you can #FreeKesha if you #FreeDrLuke Do what is RIGHT not what is better for business.”
The comment was confusing to some at first, but it was later clarified that in order for Kesha to leave the record label, Sony needs to free Dr. Luke from his contract.
Kesha’s record deal firmly states that with any music she releases to the public, Dr. Luke owns a share of its profits. This evidently means that even if she works with different producers, she is still tied down to Luke, who will continue making a fortune from Kesha’s songs.
Lady Gaga’s support for Kesha during her case against Dr. Luke comes just one year after Gaga publicly admitted to having been raped herself.
In an interview with Howard Stern to promote her album ARTPOP, Gaga says she often felt dominated by the male figures in the music industry at the time. One particular man — whom she doesn’t mention by name — took advantage of her, to the point where raping the then-19-year-old didn’t seem to be a big deal to him, as Gaga explained.
“I went through some horrific things that I’m able to laugh [at] now because I’ve gone through a lot of mental and physical therapy and emotional therapy to heal over the years. My music’s been wonderful for me. But, you know, I was a shell of my former self at one point. I was not myself.”
— AmyGrimesSuxx | Gaga (@AmyGrimesSuxx) February 24, 2016
While Lady Gaga’s sex offender might have been able to get away with raping her, the musician clearly doesn’t want Kesha to experience the same. Instead, the 29-year-old is asking Sony to drop Dr. Luke from the label, because only then can Kesha be freed from her contractual obligations and move forward with her life.
Kesha Sebert vs Lukasz Gottwald. ???? The lawsuit was filed on 2014 October & on February 19th 2016 the request for preliminary injunction was denied. ???? I don't get it why is this case prolonging soo far, It's clear She doesn't wanna work with Him, Why can't She get what She wants? ???? Free Kesha for God's sake, free Her. ???? Don't they notice how badly She's crying out there? ???? #freekesha #kesha #ig_wesupport #wesupportyou #wesupportkesha #needjustice #needit #ig_respect #freedom #respecther #feelings #fridays #instalife #repost #supportkesha ????????????????
Since Kesha’s request to leave the label was overruled by the court, the likes of Taylor Swift, Demi Lovato and Adele have come to the singer’s defense, hoping that their involvement can not only send a message to others in a similar situation, but also make an example of Dr. Luke and Sony.
Rape is a serious criminal offense that should not be settled lightly. Gaga’s offender got away, but with the support from musicians all around the world, Dr. Luke won’t be so lucky if the allegations against him are true.
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