Nicki Minaj is the latest to distance herself from Dr. Luke after Kesha's hearing last Friday.
We wonder what Demi Lovato has to say about this.
Women in music are banding together to show support for Kesha, who faced a major setback last Friday when a judge denied her injunction to record music away from Sony or its imprint Kemosabe Records and far, far away from Dr. Luke, whom she's suing for sexual and emotional abuse.
Lady Gaga said "There are people all over the world who love you @KeshaRose. And I can say truly I am in awe of your bravery." Clarkson commented, "Trying 2 not say anything since I can't say anything nice about a person... so this is me not talking about Dr. Luke." Halsey: "Disgusted by anyone in power positions abusing their authority. My heart breaks for Kesha and all people affected by this toxicity. Fuck."
Demi Lovato was also very outspoken about the ordeal, saying “Frustrating to see women come forward with their past only to be shot down, not believed & disrespected for their bravery in taking action,” Lovato said. “Happens way too often. I'm ready for women to be taken just as seriously as men. Someone tell me why anyone would ever feel brave enough to come forward if they are most likely to be ignored or called a liar?” she continued. I'm also ready for self-proclaimed feminists to start speaking out or taking action for women's rights.”
Behind the scenes, Taylor Swift donated $250,000 to Kesha for her legal woes, which was criticized by Lovato because Swift was defending women's right with her pocketbook and not her voice.
Cue Nicki Minaj, who unfollowed Luke on Twitter despite having a professional career with the hit-maker. He produced three songs on Nicki Minaj's sophomore album, Pink Friday: Roman Reloaded and five songs on her third album, The Pinkprint.
This leads me to wonder if standing on a soap box and declaring your stance on the issue is the proper route to take versus Minaj or Swift who make silent gestures to show support. Personally, I think it's the responsibility for public figures like Minaj and Swift to stand up and speak out. Last year, Swift wrote a lengthy letter about keeping 1989 off streaming platforms but remains quiet about an issue that affects millions of women. However, Swift is someone who's damned if she does, damned if she doesn't – if she spoke up about Kesha she'd be nuked for using the moment to make it about herself.
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