Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Kelly Clarkson + More Celebrities Speak Out About Kesha’s Court Ruling
On February 19, Kesha was denied an injunction against her alleged abuser, Dr. Luke, forcing her to fulfill her contractual obligations with the producer and Sony Records. (To be clear, she is reportedly free to record with other producers, but she will not be released from her record contract.)
The decision incited outrage from Kesha’s passionate Animals and supporters of the #FreeKesha movement at large, and now many high-profile artists — especially fellow women — within the music community and Hollywood are voicing their opposition to the ruling across social media. Acts including Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Kelly Clarkson, Lorde, Lily Allen, Halsey and Alessia Cara have all voiced their dissent.
Girls creator and star Lena Dunham dedicated part of her Lenny newsletter to Kesha’s case on February 23. Echoing many Kesha supporters’ feelings on the case’s latest development, Dunham wrote, ““To be clear, Kesha’s case is about more than a pop star fighting for her freedom…what’s happening to Kesha highlights the way that the American legal system continues to hurt women by failing to protect them from the men they identify as their abusers.”
“The fact that kesha has to choose to either freely make music or avoid the person who abused her is outrageous and degrading,” wrote Bea Miller. “This is so heartbreaking. A woman actually gets the courage to speak up and its not enough? This world is disappointing,” Kaley Cuoco said. Wale voiced his support with a simple heart emoji, quoting Kesha from months ago.
See some of the many responses now pouring out across social media below.
— Snoop Dogg (@SnoopDogg) February 22, 2016
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
I send you love ❤️ @KeshaRose
— Sara Bareilles (@SaraBareilles) February 19, 2016
My heart is with @KeshaRose.
— Ariana Grande (@ArianaGrande) February 19, 2016
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
standing with @KeshaRose through this traumatic, deeply unfair time. send good vibes her way everyone
— Lorde (@lorde) February 19, 2016
empathy 4 Kesha…. the worst. smh smh ..
— Grimes (@Grimezsz) February 20, 2016
— Lauren Jauregui (@LaurenJauregui) February 20, 2016
The system has failed us on multiple occasions. We're human before anything else.
— Normani Kordei (@NormaniKordei) February 20, 2016
— Tegan and Sara (@teganandsara) February 20, 2016
If two people dont want to be in business with one another it seems very cruel for one to hold the other in a contract.
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) February 19, 2016
Im not accusing anyone of anything, but i believe Kesha deserves the ability to move forward, create and earn a living.
— IGGY AZALEA (@IGGYAZALEA) February 20, 2016
@SonyMusicGlobal fuck your 'investment', this is a human being you're dealing with. just let her go
— Troye Sivan (@troyesivan) February 22, 2016
can't stop thinking about @KeshaRose. there is 100% a beautiful, musical light at the end of this dark, disgraceful tunnel. keep going
— Troye Sivan (@troyesivan) February 22, 2016
Disgusted by anyone in power positions abusing their authority. My heart breaks for Kesha and all people affected by this toxicity. Fuck.
— HALSEY (@halsey) February 19, 2016
My thoughts are with @KeshaRose today. I'm sorry you've had to endure this experience.
— lily (@lilyallen) February 19, 2016
I don't know all the facts, of course, but the bottom line is: it is a terrible feeling to not own your voice/ be able to release music.
— JoJo (@iamjojo) February 19, 2016
— Rowan Blanchard (@rowblanchard) February 19, 2016
— Wale (@Wale) February 19, 2016
— Darren Hayes (@darrenhayes) February 20, 2016
— Best Coast (@BestCoast) February 19, 2016
This is so heartbreaking. A woman actually gets the courage to speak up and its not enough? This world is disappointing #FreeKesha
— Kaley Cuoco (@kaleycuoco) February 19, 2016
Freedom for @KeshaRose but I was once stuck in a contract myself for 15yrs.My heart breaks 4 her.Contracts like these R cages with no keys.
— Garbage (@garbage) February 20, 2016
the fact that kesha has to choose to either freely make music or avoid the person who abused her is outrageous and degrading #freekesha
— bea (@BeaMiller) February 19, 2016
What message are we sending to girls? No matter how successful or talented or smart you are it doesn't matter? You are an object? #freekesha
— carly aquilino (@carlyaquilino) February 19, 2016
— Joey Graceffa (@JoeyGraceffa) February 19, 2016
no one deserves what Kesha is going through. #FreeKesha we all love, support you, & are here for you.
— Madison Beer (@MadisonBeer) February 19, 2016
really disappointing to hear about this kesha case. no one should be denied freedom from their abuser, nor freedom of their creativity.
— ac (@alessiacara) February 19, 2016
There's a quote, I believe from John Fogerty: "The music industry is so corrupt it makes Hollywood look like a charity organization." #Kesha
— Mara Wilson (@MaraWritesStuff) February 19, 2016
— Brad Walsh (@BradWalsh) February 19, 2016
As HORRIBLE as this situation is with kesha, it's so nice to see so much of the Internet coming together to support her #freekesha
— Ricky Dillon (@RickyPDillon) February 19, 2016
Will someone give me the name of the judge that formatted Kesha's case so I can personally find him and educate him on morals #FreeKesha
— Eva Gutowski (@lifeaseva) February 19, 2016
— FREDDY (@FreddyAmazin) February 19, 2016
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