Kesha’s fans are organizing another #FreeKesha protest outside of Sony’s new headquarters on March 11, and they’re returning with a vengeance.
Following Kesha’s deciding court date several weeks ago, fans gathered outside the Sony headquarters to protest and fight for her rights to leave Sony and record music away from her alleged sexual abuser, but their tireless efforts won’t end there. There’s another rally planned for this Friday. The event’s organizer, 18-year-old Michael Eisele, created a Facebook page announcing plans to protest and deliver a combined 411,000 signatures on several petitions that urges Sony to pressure Dr. Luke’s imprint label to dissolve the contract.
“It is time for Sony to step up and show that they don’t value money over the safety and well-being of a woman and artist,” the event says. “They have the power to #FreeKesha by not renewing their contract with Dr. Luke and cutting ties with Kemosabe.”
Last month, Sony said it can’t interfere with the contract between Kesha and Luke. “Sony is doing everything it can to support the artist in these circumstances, but is legally unable to terminate the contract to which it is not a party,” they said. The Times clarified Kesha’s recording contract with Luke is “through a separate deal with his production company, Kasz Money Inc.”
“By continuing to force Kesha to work with Dr. Luke, Sony is sending a clear signal to music fans that they stand with rapists and against survivors,” said Shaunna Thomas, co-founder of petition site UltraViolet. “This year, Sony Music executives have the opportunity to send a clear signal to music fans and performing artists around the world that rape and sexual assault will never be tolerated. Now is the time for Sony to stand with Kesha, and end their contract with Dr. Luke’s Kemosabe Records.”
“No artist should be bound to work for their alleged rapist in order to protect corporate profit,” said Nicole Carty, senior campaigner at SumOfUs. “Sony needs to take the protection of its artist seriously and do everything in its power to free Kesha from this contract.”
Protestors will also project #FreeKesha messages onto Sony’s building on 25 Madison Ave. between 7 and 7:30 pm, reports Billboard. The rally is slated to take place on Friday, March 11, 2016 at 2 pm ET.