February 25, 2016
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In 2014, the pop singer Ke$ha, reported her producer to allegedly drugging, raping, and emotionally abusing her at the age of 18 when she was still a virgin and at the beginning of her career. Kesha filed for an injunction that would cut her contract with Sony and her producer. The day of her trial, Friday, February 19th, 2016, was possibly one of Ke$ha’s most important days of her career.
On Friday, February 19, Kesha Rose Sebert went to New York’s courtroom with the support of many fans in hopes for her contract with Sony and her Producer, Doctor Luke, to be overruled. As a result of the day, Kesha’s plead for freedom was denied by the judge who said there was not enough evidence.
Photographs of the singer, after getting this news, got leaked online and the pictures were devastating. Understandably, Kesha was seen breaking down into tears. An option was given to Kesha; make music with your rapist or completely stop doing what you love. Is that the society we want to live in?
Immediately, social media took action having the top two hashtags trending worldwide with over two million tweets on each topic. The hashtags arose, #SonySupportsRape and #FreeKesha. Not only were fans outraged from the outcome but so were many artists like Ariana Grande, Bea Miller, Alessia Cara, Kelly Clarkson, and many more. Lady Gaga tweeted, “There are people all over the world who love you @KeshaRose. And I can say truly I am in awe of your bravery.”
Many question why women whom were sexually assaulted take so long to come out about it and Kesha’s trial is a perfect example of why that is a fact. Society automatically thinks that unless you say you are raped the day after it happens, your hesitance makes you a liar. The fact alone that the government can decide whether your traumatic experience is real or not is mind blowing itself.
As of right now, Kesha is still tied to a contacts that binds her with Sony and her alleged rapist to making six more albums. Kesha obviously does not have the support of the law behind her so it is up to our voice to help Kesha be set free by spreading awareness and using our voice and social media to be heard using the hashtag, FreeKesha. Kesha asked for freedom, not to see her rapist behind bars.
Fifth Harmony member, Lauren Jauregui tweeted, “My heart is heavy for @KeshaRose today and for everyday she feels unsafe in her escape of music. Fuck this legal system #freekesha”