Free Ke$ha

Social media lately has been buzzing with tweets and hashtags “FREE KE$HA,” but what is it really about?

Ke$ha, or formally known as Kesha Rose Sebert, is one of  the  late 2000’s most beloved pop singers, but she and her music are currently being tied down thanks to one man–Lukasz Gottwald, also known as Dr. Luke. No, not an actual doctor, but Kesha’s record producer.

Last October, Kesha filed a lawsuit against Dr. Luke for sexual assault, harassment, and battery. In other words, Dr. Luke drugged, raped, and emotionally abused her. According to the pop singer, he even called her a “fat f****** refrigerator.” Some might laugh at this insult, but the dark truth is that Kesha has been suffering from an eating disorder ever since the abuse. Dr. Luke rebuttled with his own countersuit, claiming Kesha was lying to get out of her contract with Sony.

What does Sony have to do with this? Kesha signed a contract with Sony nearly a decade ago, and she has stuck with them through the years, despite her abuse. The primary reason this case has been spiralling out of control is because last Friday, the Supreme Court Justice rejected Kesha’s case to record music outside of her Sony contract, until the case is completed and Dr. Luke is found guilty. This means, for “x” amount of time, we won’t be getting any music from Kesha.

But the worst part isn’t that Kesha can’t record music. The worst part is that Kesha, who is brave enough to bring attention to her sexual abuse–not to mention as a celebrity–is being punished for what? It is 2016 and our own Supreme Court is letting a rapist and sexual abuser be found innocent while Ke$ha’s passion and career is put on hold.

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Morgan Macrae (’17) shows her support for Ke$ha

“She should be out of the contract.” Morgan Macrae ‘17, supporter of Kesha, said. Celebrities like Miley Cyrus, Taylor Swift, and Halsey have lent their support by posting on Instagram, Twitter, and other social media platforms “#freekesha.” In the twenty first century, the guilty (or at least the obviously guilty) should be found guilty. Dr. Luke should be put behind bars and Kesha should be given the freedom she deserves.