I’m sure you’ve already heard (and if you haven’t you need to
get out more go on Twitter more) about Kesha V. Sony Music. Kesha (now 28) claims that that Lukasz Sebastian “Dr. Luke” Gottwald raped her for the first time shortly after her 18th birthday, drugged her, and sexually abused her. Dr. Luke, a Sony producer, and Kesha are in the midst of their 6 – album contract with Sony Music. Kesha file a suit against Dr. Luke in 2014, which would be a void of contract allowing Kesha to work with other labels, publish music, and receive damage due to the sexual, physical, verbal, and emotional abuse from Dr. Luke. This abuse caused Kesha to “nearly [lose] her life and career.” The suit can be found on Scribd
Basically, Kesha wants out of her contract with Sony Music so she doesn’t have to continue working with her rapist.
However, as NY Daily News reported:
“…last week Manhattan Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich said Sony would suffer irreparable harm if Kesha was not compelled to abide by a contract that requires her to make six more albums with the company.
The judge said that granting the singer’s request to nullify her deal would undermine the state’s laws governing contracts and the court couldn’t do that.”
To sum this all up: Kesha got raped by a creepy producer named Dr. Luke and the contract can’t be broken because New York must uphold their state laws.
I’m no lawyer…but I’m pretty sure it’s also illegal to rape people, but to be sure….
Ok, so rape is illegal in NY.
Next in this fake alternate reality of life – all these celebs started tweeting in support of Kesha with a #FreeKesha hashtag…which was dope.
Demi Lovato went on a tyraid about the importance of speaking up and reporting sexual assualt, and the importance of believing these victims when they speak up.
I was all like you go girl.
Then Demi tweeted “I’m also ready for self-proclaimed feminists to star speaking out or taking actions to women’s rights” and I was like #True.
But, then it all began.
People thought she was talking shit about Taylor Swift, like who the hell cares yada yada yada….I wake up today to the news Taylor Swift donated $250,000 to Kesha for her legal defense fund and I was like “Yo, Taylor swift is a rich bitch.”
Then Demi was all like I wasn’t shading Taylor, I wish I had that money to donate, but I don’t (like you must) What I was trying to say was ect ect idk idc wuteva. This was now the focal point of the case against Sony Music, not the victim.
Long story long, when discussing Kesha’s case and legal battle, don’t bring up Taylor Swift and Demi Lovato going at it. LOLinig at the irony of two women fighting over “feminist ideals” and furthering stereotypes. The entire Taylor bad blood with Demi saga completely distracts from the message at hand – a famous woman stood up for herself, told the truth, made a reasonable request and lost. This is something that occurs everyday. Everyday a victim of sexual violence stands up, tells the truth, and is told they’re a liar and don’t deserve the protection or justice they deserve. Like this Harvard graduate who had to live in the same dorm as her assaulter, or this one who carried her mattress around until her abuser was kick out of her college (he wasn’t).
I don’t want to paint Kesha in the way that she needs to be a role model for all sexual abuse victims, current and future, but her very public stance on this issue is one that needs to be seen. Women and men need to be taken seriously when assaulted, they need to stop being blamed for not going directly to the authorities and they need to be empowered. If someone came up to you and said “Someone stole my wallet yesterday,” would you say, “I didn’t see your wallet get stolen…do you have evidence that it was stolen? Maybe you misplaced it, maybe you lost it, maybe it’s your fault for being absent minded.”
No – you would say “Dude, you should report that, that’s a crime and the person who stole from you should be held accountable.”
Kesha is a dope ass bitch, we all know she will make it through and we can only hope it’ll inspire other victims to step up.
The National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1.800.656.4673 and look here if you need more info. They also have an online hot line.
P.S. The name Dr. Luke sounds creepy AF, Dr. Dre is a cool name, Dr. Luke isn’t a cool name.