Kesha’s Fight To See The Sunlight

A Perspective


Singer Kesha Rost Sebert took to her Instagram page last week to thank fans for their support./Photo courtesy of Kesha (@iiswhois) via Instagram

Hailey G Boyle

I feel absolutely horrible for Kesha. No one should be forced to work with someone who attacked and raped them. That’s tantamount to asking a murder victim’s family member to work side by side with the murderer. Yet, the reason I can’t fully support her is because this is all speculation.

I’m not saying that Kesha is lying. I do believe that she was abused by her producer, Lukasz Gottwald a.k.a. Dr. Luke, but I can’t bring myself to disagree with the judge’s decision not to dissolve Kesha’s recording contract. We live in an “innocent until proven guilty” society and right now Gottwald is innocent.

Rolling Stone reported that several entertainment lawyers argued that the contract cannot be broken “on allegations alone.”

In an official statement, Gottwald’s lawyers accuse Kesha of “cavalierly subject(ing)  Dr. Luke and his family to trial by Twitter, using a vicious smear campaign to ruin his reputation for financial gain while failing to support their claims.”

Kesha is still under contract to make four more albums with Sony. In Sony’s official statement, released on Feb. 25, they said, “Sony is doing everything it can to support (Kesha) in these circumstances, but is legally unable to terminate the contract to which it is not a party.”

Legally speaking, Sony cannot void the contract because they don’t own it. Gottwald’s company, Kasz Money, does and they have a separate deal with Sony and their subsidiaries.

Both Sony and Gottwald’s lawyers claim that the singer does not have to work with the Gottwald.  However, Kesha’s lawyer, Mark Gergos, claims that Sony is setting her up for failure.

Gottwald’s lawyers say that “Any claim that she isn’t ‘free’ is a myth,” referencing the popular hashtag #FreeKesha that fellow singers like Demi Lovato, Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson and even Snoop Dogg helped make a trending topic.

Adele publicly supported Kesha during an acceptance speech at the BRIT Awards and Taylor Swift reportedly donated $250,000 to help the singer with legal fees. While millions of people from around the world sent messages of love and support to Kesha on Twitter and Instagram.

Interestingly, many artists have come out supporting Kesha, but none that I know of have  publicly said that they will boycott Sony or working with Gottwald. However, #SonySupportsRape did trend on Twitter for a few days last week.

Kesha released her official statement last Wednesday through Facebook.

“I think about young girls today–I don’t want my future daughter–or your daughter–or any person to be afraid that they will be punished if they speak out about being abused, especially if their abuser is in a position of power,” Kesha said about the ruling. “Unfortunately I don’t think that my case is giving people who have been abused confidence that they can speak out, and that’s a problem.”

In my opinion, she is brave and she is fearless.We live in a world where there is no justice for victims of rape and sexual assault. Women are shamed into thinking that their actions led to the attack. They are shamed into silence and shamed into “forgetting.” I applaud Kesha for stepping forward and breaking the silence that she held in for nearly 10 years.