What does it say about a label that goes against their artists when speaking out about sexual abuse? On Friday, a New York State Supreme Court judge ruled against Kesha’s request for an injunction of her contract with Sony Music and her producer, Dr. Luke. In October 2014, Kesha filed a lawsuit against Dr. Luke on grounds that he sexually and emotionally abused her for nearly 10 years. The judge claims “there has been no showing of irreparable harm” and “she’s being given the opportunity to record”.
Since the ruling, both fans and other musicians have voiced their support for Kesha. Not only will this be detrimental to her career (by contract, she is required to put out six more albums with Sony and her abuser Dr. Luke), it’s an obvious statement that should a woman speak out about her sexual abuse in the industry, her label will fight against her, not with her.
Many big names in the music industry have voiced their solidarity with Kesha. Bethany Consentino, who has spoken out against sexual assault in the past, took a fearless stand. Kelly Clarkson, who has had help from Dr. Luke on some of her biggest hits, also showed her support by quoting Consentino’s tweet.
Perhaps the most vocal has been Taylor Swift, who donated $250,000 to Kesha to help with legal fees. Per usual, Swift has caught some flack from the general public and other artists (can’t please everyone!). The move is a bold one, nonetheless, considering Swift’s ties with Dr. Luke.
While it’s unclear what Kesha’s next move will be, she has gotten some collaboration offers from other artists.
Questions have been raised about why few men have shown their support for Kesha, but we’ll get into that tomorrow.
This is an ongoing conversation about sexism and the music industry. Check back tomorrow for further conversation about the double standard of contractual agreements in the music industry.