May 18, 2016


Kesha Fans to Boycott Billboard Music Awards Over Cancelled Performance

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Jason LaVeris/FilmMagic

Yesterday, news broke that Kesha will no longer perform at the 2016 Billboard Music Awards this Sunday (May 22) after Dr. Luke's label, Kemosabe Records, "rescinded its approval" of the "TiK ToK" singer's plans to make a statement. It's a very gross situation that you can read all about here.

Kesha fans are planning on boycotting the event. According to a press release, Care2 and Michael Eisele, author of the 230,600-signature Care2 petition to #FreeKesha, are behind the protest. They're urging celebrities to speak out about Kesha during the show, too. The petition is viewable here. Eisele shared the following statement:

"Myself and other Kesha supporters are boycotting the Billboard Music Awards unless Dr. Luke allows her to perform. It's absolutely ridiculous how he continues to ignore the public outcry over his denial of Kesha's creative freedom. Myself and the 230,600 people who have signed the Care2 petition to free Kesha will continue to fight back against Dr. Luke's cruel and sexist suppression."

Educate yourself about the #FreeKesha movement by clicking here (and the celebrities who support it, right here.) Then revisit our essay on the entire situation, rape apology and institutionalized misogyny.

Listen to an episode of Fuse's Pop Chat podcast where we have a roundtable discussion on Kesha's case with Dr. Luke: