On Friday, a judge ruled that Kesha's accusations of sexual assault against producer Dr. Luke (Lukasz Gottwald) weren't enough to get her out of her contract with him. Under her contract, Kesha is obligated to make three more records for Gottwald's label, Kemosabe Records (a subsidiary of Sony), and while she can supposedly choose to work with another producer at the label, she is currently prohibited from releasing music on any other labels. So basically, her only option is to work with another producer, at the same label her alleged abuser runs, and hope they bear her no ill will and still work really hard to promote her album. Sounds like fun, good luck with that, Kesha!
On Saturday, Demi Lovato declared her unmitigated support for Kesha on Twitter.
Then on Sunday, she expounded, asserting her support for all women who speak out against their abusers, despite the danger of being labeled liars, and encouraging more women to join the fight.
Somewhere around this time, Taylor Swift, who may or may not be one of the "self-proclaimed feminists" Lovato was referring to, gave a quarter of a million dollars to Kesha. Swift's spokesperson told BuzzFeed, “In a show of support, Taylor Swift has donated $250,000 to Kesha to help with any of her financial needs during this trying time."
Financial support must not be the right kind of "taking action" in Lovato's mind, because, much like how Shania Twain feels about rocket scientists, Swift's monetary gift to Kesha don't impress Lovato much.
And, of course, it wasn't long before Swift's fans were firing back at Lovato:
Lovato then went on Instagram to defend herself from the criticism, saying she wasn't even talking about Swift in the first place. She didn't post a statement on her own account but instead commented on someone else's—the account @proudofswift which had 55 users and has now gone private.
Other Twitter users are hoping that this feud, real or imagined, between Lovato and Swift doesn't overshadow the real issue—Kesha's producer and her contract with Sony.