Feb. 19 was a hard day for Kesha. The pop star saw her attempt to get an injunction against Sony and producer Dr. Luke rejected in the Manhattan Supreme Court. Kesha alleges that Dr. Luke raped her, as well as physically and emotionally abused her for a decade. The injunction would have allowed her to make music outside of her contract with Sony, which demands she produce six more records under their label. Unfortunately, the judge opted in favor of Sony. But from this disheartening verdict (which led to hashtags like #freekesha and #boycottsony trending), Kesha found some unexpected support from some very famous people.
— Complex (@ComplexMag) February 22, 2016
Because of the contract with Sony, Kesha is unable to make music with anyone else. Because of the extreme trauma she experienced at the hands of her producer, she can't make music with Sony. It's a problematic position that's caused a serious drain on her finances--and the legal fees certainly aren't helping matters. Taylor Swift put her money where her mouth is, providing fiscal as well as emotional support to her fellow musician, donating $250,000 to Kesha to help with her legal fees and other expenditures.
A photo posted by Miley Cyrus (@mileycyrus) on Feb 21, 2016 at 7:54pm PST
A picture is worth a thousand words, and this image shared by Miley Cyrus speaks volumes. Millions of Kesha supporters were outraged, shocked, and saddened by the verdict. Her plight to gain artistic and personal autonomy has struck a chord around the globe, one that Cyrus manages to sum up in this simple picture. It's a strong statement of support--one that Kesha no doubt needs in these difficult times.
standing with @KeshaRose through this traumatic, deeply unfair time. send good vibes her way everyone
— Lorde (@lorde) February 19, 2016
The edgy pop star threw in her support for Kesha, urging fans and followers to send positive thoughts and vibes to the singer. Kesha herself has repeatedly thanked fans, stating that the support has been vital throughout this fight.
My thoughts are with @KeshaRose today. I'm sorry you've had to endure this experience. — lily (@lilyallen) February 19, 2016
Lily Allen has had her share of issues with the music industry and the cruelty it can inflict on artists (and female artists in particular). Her sympathy and understanding (and that of many other female artists) indicates an ongoing and pervasive problem; if there is one thing Kesha's court case has done, it's brought attention to an issue that desperately needs it.
Trying 2 not say anything since I can't say anything nice about a person... so this is me not talking about Dr. Luke https://t.co/lLhtUHbmgG — Kelly Clarkson (@kelly_clarkson) February 19, 2016
Sometimes silence is more effective in proving a point than any statement, and Kelly Clarkson uses that to powerful effect in this Tweet. The singer (who has worked extensively in the past with alleged rapist Dr. Luke), didn't directly say anything about the case or the accused producer. But her pointed refusal raised a lot of eyebrows, and didn't do much to ease up the storm of negative social media raining down on both Dr. Luke and Sony.
There are people all over the world who love you @KeshaRose. And I can say truly I am in awe of your bravery.
— Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) February 19, 2016
The superstar singer also works for Sony--the very label that is causing Kesha so much pain and suffering right now. It must be an uncomfortable position for Gaga (and many other artists as well), but this didn't stop her from Tweeting her support for Kesha. The artist has been involved in this legal fiasco before, when Kesha's lawyer alleged that Dr. Luke raped Gaga--a statement the singer emphatically denied.