I’ve always been a fan of Kesha. From the days when she proudly and ironically flaunted the $, to the ‘take me more seriously’ Kesha Rose. She’s always been someone I’ve been interested in, on a personal and musical level…
So naturally, just like many other fans of hers, I was angry, frustrated and upset to hear the news that her producer, Dr. Luke, has allegedly abused her mentally and physically.
I say alleged because it hasn’t been proven yet – and whilst I hope that it does eventually get proven, I’m not holding out hope. Sadly, it’s a difficult case where it’s one person’s word against another. It’s the harsh reality of these types of cases.
In no way am I calling Kesha a liar. The photographs of her breaking down in tears in court are not the face of a liar. It’s the face of a petrified woman who is too scared to go to work and do what she loves, because she will have to face someone who terrifies her.
After everything Kesha has stood for, from LGBT rights to woman rights, I don’t think she would outright lie about something this serious. Not only would it damage Dr. Luke, it would ruin her forever.
I’ve seen a few people claim that Kesha has ‘cried rape’ to get out of a contract she signed and no longer likes to be in. But if that was the case, it would not only supposedly get her out of her contract, it would end her forever. So no, I don’t think Kesha is a liar.
Kesha last released an album in 2012. It was then that people started noticing that Kesha was rebelling in some ways. It was then we noticed there was a difference in Kesha. And it was no surprise to the close fans when Kesha spoke out against her record label Sony.
In interviews before ‘Warrior’ was released, Kesha vowed to make an album that was influenced by rock. When Warrior came out, any rock song was hard to distinguish, and all felt poppy. She gave it her all on the songs, and they were good songs, but they weren’t Kesha’s idea of creativity.
So on the Warrior tour, with only one date in the UK that I went to, she made every single song of hers rock. From Tik Tok to Take It Off, the tour was not missing an electric guitar. It was a concert where she looked happy. It was a concert that was really fun.
And Kesha was always fun. Which makes this case even worse.
Then it came out Kesha had gone to rehab, because of an eating disorder. It later came out that this eating disorder was developed by her producer Dr. Luke, after he called her a ‘fat refrigerator’ on the Die Young set.
Then, awhile after that, it was revealed that Kesha was suing her producer and Sony, for mental and physical abuse.
Her court ruling in February was for her to get out of her contract with Sony. Sony require her to record six more albums. It was a contract she signed at 18.
Let me just say – if you’re an 18 year old girl with a dream of success and doing what you love, you’re going to sign it no matter what. So if you’ve got a grown man telling you ‘I can make you famous if you do what I want you to do’, at a young naive age you’re going to do it. We don’t know how mature Kesha was at the time, but it’s a likely scenario. Hollywood and the music industry is corrupt, after all.
Now, at age 28, she wants out. Not because Sony won’t let her release the music she wants to release – although that is part of the reason and we can’t deny that – but because she doesn’t want to work with the man who she is afraid of.
She has been told by Sony they will allow her to work with another producer – but they won’t promote any of her music. But Kesha doesn’t want to work with anybody who is associated with Dr. Luke, who produces music with the likes of Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus and Britney Spears.
The court ruled that Kesha was not allowed to void her contract, and that she would have to stay at Sony and fulfil a contract of words that she signed at 18. Why? Because Dr. Luke earns Sony more money, so they won’t get rid of him.
I mean, really? This is a woman’s health and wellbeing, but Sony is treating this as business. Does this not prove that women in the music industry are just toys? They’re exploited and manipulated to fit their agenda’s and business decisions. It’s wrong.
So Kesha left court without victory. She was still stuck in a record label that she didn’t want to be in, with a producer who she is scared of. The battle still continues, and the truth will soon come out.
Kesha has said herself ‘All I ever wanted was to be able to make music without being afraid, scared or abused. This case has never been about a renegotiation of my record contract – it was never about getting a bigger, or a better, deal. This is about being free from my abuser. I would be willing to work with Sony if they do the right thing and break all ties that bind me to my abuser.’
By reading this, there’s clearly more to the story than just ‘we’ll give you another producer and you will be fine’. We don’t understand the in’s and out’s, and we don’t understand what really happened, and we probably won’t be able to. Which makes rape victims feel like they’re alone, when they’re not.
Now, let me get to the point of my blog post. I’ve rambled but it was worth it.
Yes, it’s really awful and unjust what has happened to Kesha in this case. But instead of focusing on the negatives, look at it this way. The case has become knowledge world wide. People who are not fans of Kesha now know her situation and believe her. They are on her side and they want to do anything they can to help her.
Popstars, such as Lady Gaga and Demi Lovato have spoken out in her support. Taylor Swift has donated money. Adele last night said at the BRIT awards that she 100% supported Kesha. They put their own careers at risk to help a woman who needs help.
It’s raised awareness for bravery in coming forwards. Kesha might not have been successful in getting out of Sony, but she is still taking Dr. Luke to court. This isn’t over. Celebrate Kesha’s bravery for coming forward and shutting down her producer, after what must have been years of torment.
It’s a negative situation laced with positives, but this isn’t the end. Kesha will become stronger, and I believe this won’t be the end for Kesha.