February 23, 2016


Lena Dunham Pens Powerful Essay in Support of Kesha

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Kesha's ongoing battle against alleged rapist Dr. Luke has inspired myriad celebrities to show their support: Everyone from Lorde to Dev Hynes have made their love and admiration for the "TiK ToK" singer known. The latest on the ever-growing list of famous folk fed up with K's unjust situation is Girls creator Lena Dunham, who penned a lengthy essay in her newsletter Lenny Letter titled "Why Kesha's Case Is About More Than Kesha."

She writes of Kesha's relationship with Dr. Luke:

"Imagine someone really hurt you, physically and emotionally. Scared you and abused you, threatened your family. The judge says that you don't have to see them again, BUT they still own your house. So they can decide when to turn the heat on and off, whether they'll pay the telephone bill or fix the roof when it leaks. After everything you've been through, do you feel safe living in that house? Do you trust them to protect you?"

There's more:

"That explanation is really for the judge, Shirley Kornreich, who questioned why — if they could be physically separated as Sony has promised — Kesha could not continue to work for Gottwald. After all, she said, it's not appropriate to "decimate a contract that was heavily negotiated." Guess what else is heavily negotiated? The human contract that says we will not hurt one another physically and emotionally. In fact, it's so obvious that we usually don't add it to our corporate documents.

To be clear, Kesha's case is about more than a pop star fighting for her freedom, or a $60 million investment in a shiny commercial career. It's about more than whether Kesha can strap on her cool leotards and make another album, free from a man who she says terrifies her. It's even about more than the systemic misogyny of the entertainment industry, or the way that women in music and film have long been controlled and coerced by abusive Svengalis and entities larger than themselves. (Think: the studio system of the '40s and '50s, when starlets were essentially chattel. Think: Ike and Tina Turner.) What's happening to Kesha highlights the way that the American legal system continues to hurt women by failing to protect them from the men they identify as their abusers."

Read the full thing here, then read our essay: "Justice For Kesha: On Rape Apology, Music & Misogyny."