Fans Support Kesha With #FreeKesha Hashtag & Take A Stand On A Very Important Issue
Power. It's seductive in all of its promise. To hold power over someone else must be an intoxicating business to some. To many, obviously. To be the one who decides, the one who chooses. But it's the loss of power, particularly over oneself, that can wound immeasurably. Now, fans are working hard to make sure one woman doesn't lose her power by supporting pop star Kesha with the hashtag #FreeKesha on Twitter, and standing behind the singer on a very important issue.
For those of you who don't know, Kesha recently lost a two year long legal battle with Sony after fighting to be released from her six year recording contract for various reasons. Not because she was being a diva or angling for a better offer, but because she alleged that her producer, Dr. Luke (or Lukasz Gottwald), whose recording label Kemosabe Records falls under the Sony label, had sexually assaulted her for years. (Gottwald has not been charged with any crimes to date.)
According to Kesha, not long after she turned 18 in 2006, Dr. Luke allegedly drugged her with pills that made her black out before allegedly raping her. In another suit against Dr. Luke in 2014, Kesha claimed that Dr. Luke had been physically and mentally abusing her for over a decade, filing suit against Sony, claiming they were aware of his behavior and were putting all female artists at risk by supporting him.
Justice Shirley Kornreich, who ruled against Kesha's bid to free herself from her contract with Sony this week, seemed especially dismissive of Kesha's claims. "I don't understand what [Kesha's] problem is," Kornreich told the court. "There has been no showing of irreparable harm.... She's being given opportunity to record."
Clearly, Kesha's fans don't agree with Kornreich, taking to Twitter to air their grievances over the judge's sentiments:
And it isn't just the fans. Celebrities like Lorde, Arianna Grande and Lady Gaga have come out in support of #FreeKesha since the ruling.
standing with @KeshaRose through this traumatic, deeply unfair time. send good vibes her way everyone— Lorde (@lorde) February 19, 2016
At this point, it's easy to see why victims of rape and sexual assault don't speak out. You don't have to look too far to see alleged victims everywhere being grilled for their boldness in stepping forward. In 2016, rape remains one of the most under reported crimes. Burden of proof is an issue, particularly in cases when the victim knows their attacker (which happens in about two-thirds of all cases, according to RAINN, the Rape, Incest and Abuse National Network). How will you get the cops to believe you if you're not beat up? Or if you've dated your attacker? Or if you were out drinking with your friends and flirting with a guy and things got out of control... what then? Whose fault is it, really?
Cases like Kesha's don't exactly give victims reason to hope, either. After all, if famous women can't get any justice... what hope is there for a regular gal?
This, right here, is why #FreeKesha matters and why Kesha's supporters voices matter too. It makes no difference if you like her music or not. What matters here is change. It's standing up and using the tools available (the mighty arm of social media) and saying, nope. Not okay. You don't get to tell someone they have to work with the guy who allegedly raped them. You don't get to treat her like she's being a spoiled child, and tell her to get over it.
He doesn't get to keep his power. Kesha deserves to reclaim her power. So sayeth Lady Gaga.