by Jason Howard Kelly
Kesha broke down in tears in Manhattan Supreme Court Friday when a judge denied her request for a preliminary injunction that would have temporarily nullified her contract with Sony Records – and freed her from working with the man she says raped her.
The “Tik Tok” singer says she’s too afraid to continue collaborating with super producer Dr. Luke, whose real name is Luke Gottwald.
He who holds her exclusive contract, and Kesha said she fears Sony won’t promote her music if she’s paired with a different producer.
The 28-year-old, whose real name is Kesha Rose Sebert, claims that Dr. Luke drugged her with a “sober pill” and raped her shortly after her 18th birthday in California. He was never criminally charged.
This is, without a doubt, the most depressing news of the day, quite possibly of the whole week. Kesha is trapped, by law, to work with a man whom she claimed sexually assaulted her. The judge would not grant Kesha a temporary injunction to work with another production company because, “… granting that request would undermine the state’s laws governing contracts and the court couldn’t do that.” (NY Daily News)
On the surface it seems as though the state of New York just ordered a 28-year old woman to work with a man who, rightfully so, she is afraid of. However, reports indicate that the evidence provided by Kesha’s legal team is not deemed to be sufficient enough for the court to pursue these sexual assault allegations. Regardless, it is incredibly sad to see what is happening to Kesha as she is forced to put her music career on hold out of fear of working with the man whom she claims abused her.
One positive thing that has come out of this situation is the support that Kesha has received from her fans all across the country. The hashtag #FreeKesha has been the number one trending topic on Twitter today, and as a result it has shed even more light on this issue. But the support, for the moment, is only coming from fans — where are her peers in the music industry? We are constantly hearing from artists such as Taylor Swift and Beyoncé about how much they support feminism and gender equality, so where are they now?
After all, we know for a fact that Beyoncé is not shy about showing us how much of a feminist she is…
So how come Beyoncé hasn’t used her social influence to show her support for Kesha? How come Taylor Swift hasn’t treated us to one of her infamous speeches about feminism in the music industry?
It’s been nothing but crickets so far from Kesha’s fellow female artists, and that is absolutely shameful. It is hard not to speculate that the radio silence could be tied to potential affiliations with Sony Records, the very company that Kesha was seeking an injunction from. Is that what it has come to? These powerful feminist icons in the music industry are voluntarily silent because of the fear of upsetting a potential business partner?
It will be interesting to see if any of these, “feminist leaders” have the courage to step forward and support a fellow artist in trouble, or if they are blinded by dollar signs.