Singer, songwriter and rapper Kesha broke down in tears in a courthouse today after a judge ruled that she would not be let of her 6 contract record deal with Sony.
Kesha had asked to be let out of her contract because of claims that her, and one of Sony’s top earning music producers, Dr Luke (Luke Gottwald) had drugged and raped her at age 18. And that his emotional abuse continued long after.
Kesha claims that she fears for her safety and has asked to nullify her contract with the record company. Sony Records claims that they will allow her to work with another producer but Kesha is afraid the record company won’t promote her music because Gottwald is one of their top earners and is more valuable to the company than the singer.
Six albums is a lot of work and technically can span the entire life of an artist. If the allegations are true that means this woman has just received a life sentence along side her abuser.
My advice? Take a note from John Cage’s famous 4’33 and ride that contract out in one long track. Meanwhile the rest of us should rage against the system that values the dollar over women’s rights and safety.
Here are some comments from twitter:
Kesha's situation demonstrates how sexual equality is yet to be achieved worldwide. #SonySupportsRape
— Georgia Morrissey (@georgiamorri) February 19, 2016
— Meg Jones (@ItsMegNotMegan) February 19, 2016
— Jennifer Weiner (@jenniferweiner) February 19, 2016
and then people wonder why rape victims don't report the rape….why….if they're always called liars #FreeKesha
— skriver (@larsonsmerder) February 19, 2016
— Michael Waters (@ABoredAuthor) February 19, 2016
stop protecting men who rape.
stop valuing money, the law, and men's comfort over women's right to feel safe. #FreeKesha
— Tracy BOO!meisha-Ann Clayton (@brokeymcpoverty) February 19, 2016
This is exactly why we need feminism. The lack of rights women have in this generation is sick. #FreeKesha
— emma? (@SESHKINGSHAWN) February 19, 2016
This case has absolutely broken my heart. I can't fucking believe this. THIS IS WHY WE NEED FEMINISM!
— Honestly Fuck Everything. (@WriterFeministX) February 19, 2016