Last Friday, a New York judge denied Kesha's request for an injunction that would have allowed her to record music outside of her contract with Dr. Luke, whom she alleges raped and abused her. The singer was photographed leaving the courtroom in tears, and for a couple of days, it alarmingly seemed like the rest of the music industry was going to keep quiet.
However, as the days went on, more and more celebrities chimed in with public messages of support for Kesha — with some of them even adding financial support and/or offers to record with them for free. On Wednesday night (February 24), Adele was the first to address Kesha's case on live national (British) television, which almost undoubtedly means that Sony is feeling the heat from the music biz's best and brightest. As they should.
Here are some of the biggest names that have thrown their hats in the Kesha ring:
When Adele took the stage to accept the award for female solo artist at the Brit Awards, she used her platform to raise awareness for Kesha's case.
"I'd also like to take this moment to publicly support Kesha," she said toward the end of her speech.
On Sunday night (February 21), Taylor Swift announced that she had donated $250,000 to "help with any of [Kesha's] financial needs during this trying time." Some knocked Taylor for not tweeting a message of support to Kesha, but if you ask me, a 250k donation speaks a little bit louder than a tweet.
Gaga, who is a victim of sexual assault herself (she also has a reportedly painful relationship with Dr. Luke, though her team has denied Kesha's team's allegations of a sexual assault), has been tweeting and Instagramming messages of support for Kesha all week. She's also been retweeting stories on the case, and even met up with the "Tik Tok" singer for a sisterly hug.
"There are people all over the world who love you @KeshaRose," she wrote on Twitter on February 19. "And I can say truly I am in awe of your bravery."
Lovato has posted messages of support over Twitter and Instagram, but she also came under fire on Monday for bashing Swift's donation. In a stream of subtweets clearly directed at Swift, Lovato suggested that instead of donating money, the "Bad Blood" singer should "take something to Capitol Hill or actually speak out about something."
She also directly responded to some fan messages on Instagram, saying that Taylor was using "women empowerment" and "feminism" (her quotes, not mine) to further her brand — which is often a fair assessment when it comes to Swift, but in this case, seemed more than a little wrongheaded. She also said "not everyone has 250k to just give to people. Would love to but I didn't grow up with money and def haven't made as much as her."
... Not a good look. But to Demi's credit, she quickly realized the error of her ways, and apologized via an Instagram post that owned up to her "passionate" response to Swift's donation, and asserted that the real focus here should be on victims of assault.
Dunam supported Kesha the best way she knows how — with some beautiful writing.
The "Girls" creator and star wrote an essay about Kesha's situation for her feminist newsletter Lenny Letter ... and it earned the praise of Olivia Pope herself, Kerry Washington, so you should probably go ahead and read it.
If Kesha wants to record some new hits, she has a standing offer from Lena Dunham's main squeeze (slash Fun guitarist, slash Bleachers lead singer, slash Taylor Swift co-writer and co-producer) Jack Antonoff, who publicly offered her assistance.