Last week, after New York judge Shirley Kornreich denied Kesha Sebert a court injunction that would have allowed her to record music outside of her Sony Music label, Tumblr blew up last week with cries of “Free Kesha!” There was much weeping and gnashing of teeth over the fact that the court had considered her a commodity instead of a person or a rape victim as well as calls to boycott Sony and the usual SJW stuff. A GoFundMe campaign was started to raise money for Kesha to buy her contract from Sony.
A number of young female recording artists, including Lady Gaga and Lily Allen have shown support on social media for Kesha and her cause. Taylor Swift pledged $250,000 to Kesha for her expenses. Girl power!
Kesha rose to fame after performing as a backup singer on Flo Rida’s single “Right Round” and then with the hit “Tik Tok.” Animal, her first album, went platinum, and she’s sung a bunch of Auto-Tune garbage since while parading around in a mismatched whoredrobe, being dully outrageous and looking like she’s homeless and will trade sexual favors for bus money.
In 2014, a suit was filed on behalf of Kesha seeking to void Kesha’s contracts with Lukasz Sebastian “Dr. Luke” Gottwald and his business subsidiaries and alleging that he had abused her physically, sexually, emotionally, and verbally. It says, basically, that she practically died from having to work with this guy; he’s a controlling, raping pile of manure.
(Interestingly enough, three years prior, In 2011, both Kesha and her mother swore under oath that Dr. Luke had never raped Kesha, given her drugs or date-rape drugs, or even made sexual advances to her.)
Dr. Luke seems like a skeezy creep. His efforts have gifted the unsuspecting public with the “music” of Katy Perry, Pink, Nicki Minaj, Miley Cyrus, and a bunch of other people who will no doubt spend all of their money on tattoos and drugs immediately and have nothing left to dull the pain later in life.
Very little of the above is interesting to me. Dr. Luke and Kesha seem to be cut from the same self-promoting, push-the-envelope cloth. They spit out the party line on command. I could believe that Dr. Luke is a disgusting perv about as easily as I could believe Kesha used a rape accusation to try to slide of her contract because she can no longer stomach the terms of the business deal she made. In short: they’re gross, and I don’t care what happens to either of them.
It does depress me that this is what a martyr looks like these days. Young girls are Kesha’s audience. She knows that. Katy Perry, Miley Cyrus, Nicki Minaj - all of these women are currently fairly young and reasonably hot because they’re fairly young and nearly always dressed like hookers. They are always going on about strong and powerful young women but never seem to conceptualize fully the fleeting nature of power based on female sexual attractiveness. Also the fact that performing like a free-spirited wild child on command before the cameras isn’t true creative freedom seems to escape everyone.
I don’t expect people on Tumblr to know the ins and outs of contract law, but it would be nice if they could see that they’re being played, that all of the above singers are commodities and that the entertainment system we give our money to doesn’t care about any of them and never has. It’s not just Kesha. The only thing all of these big shots care about is making money, which is why so much music is now marketed to the absolute lowest common denominator. It’s all a shakedown. They’re not even trying anymore. All they have to do is hire people who will take their clothes off and yell “Sex!” “Bitches!” or “I’ll kill you!” into the void and then count the cash as it rolls in.
Talent is unnecessary. Creativity is unnecessary. Acting like a civilized human being is discouraged.
The answer is not to boycott Sony over Kesha. It’s to make the media aware that we are not apes by not purchasing the rotting brown bananas they’re selling. And that will never happen, of course. Infer from that what you will.