Last week Kesha lost her legal battle against Sony and her alleged abuser, Dr. Luke – meaning that if she wants to continue making music, she has to work with the producer who she says raped her.
The situation is such a terrible one for the pop star – and so symbolic of rape culture in general – that women everywhere are reacting with shock, disgust and frustration.
The one positive side of the story is that many celebrities are expressing their support for Kesha. Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato, Lorde, Emmy Rossum, Alexandra Burke and Halsey have all spoken out on social media.
Kesha’s mother also revealed that Taylor Swift quietly made a $250,000 donation to help Kesha with her legal fees – a move that drew some criticism from people who thought it would be more helpful if she added her voice to the conversation.
Demi Lovato, in particular, seemed to call out Taylor during a string of frustrated tweets about women coming forward about their experiences only to be shot down. “I’m also ready for self-proclaimed feminists to start speaking out or taking action for women’s rights,” she wrote.
She also seemed less than impressed with Taylor’s donation:
But after the resulting media gossip and fan arguments threatened to turn the entire story into a catfight, Demi took to Instagram to walk some of her anger back and urge people to focus on what was important.
”As most people know, I tend to get fired up about the things I believe in, and although my heart and intentions are always in the right place, unfortunately sometimes my passion gets the best of me and causes me to say things that I probably shouldn’t say. And when doing so it takes away from the real reason I am speaking up in the first place. Our focus should be on the topic of victims of sexual and physical abuse being afraid to come forward with their stories. […] Everyone has their own way of giving support to others, and at the end of the day, helping victims is all that matters. Ultimately, the message I want people to hear is it’s okay to come forward with your abuse and if you do decide to take action, you are not alone.”