In what must feel like a never ending battle, Kesha has been fighting (since 2013) against her producer and alleged abuser, to no avail. I say alleged because, when women describe in vivid detail- horrifying acts against them, they are exaggerators or liars until proven truthful. This is an unfair standard which goes beyond our justice system’s bedrock principle ‘innocent until proven guilty’, meant to protect the accused, and unfairly burdens the victim. This past Friday, a judge refused to issue an injunction that would release Kesha from her contract with Sony, and more specifically, Dr. Luke (a.k.a Luke Gottwald). Lena Dunham successfully explains in layman’s terms how Sony plays a part in enabling and accepting this bad behavior.
“Imagine someone really hurt you, physically and emotionally. Scared you and abused you, threatened your family. The judge says that you don’t have to see them again, BUT they still own your house. So they can decide when to turn the heat on and off, whether they’ll pay the telephone bill or fix the roof when it leaks. After everything you’ve been through, do you feel safe living in that house? Do you trust them to protect you?”
This is yet another example of how women struggle to find justice. When they are abused and don’t come forward, in part because they fear their efforts will be in vain, they are called weak or crazy. If they DO come forward, there is no telling if they will be believed, not to mention the abhorrent backlash they often face as a wonderful added benefit.
Today’s Tunesday is for Kesha. Regardless if you are or are not a fan of her music, we stand with her in her fight for creative and emotional freedom.