In an unsurprising yet epically disappointing turn of events, Kesha has been uninvited from performing at the Billboard Music Awards (opens in new tab). Why? Because Dr. Luke's record label, Kemosabe, shut her down following rumors that her performance would be a "statement." But here's the thing (actually, things):
- Kesha was simply going to perform a Bob Dylan cover that had zero to do with her case against Doctor Luke (who she's accused of sexual and emotional abuse).
- Silencing a woman who claims she was assaulted is dangerous, wrong, and sends a terrible message to other victims who too often fear speaking out.
The folks at Billboard seem hopeful that Kesha and Kemosabe will work it out, and in the meantime, Lady Gaga is making her voice heard while her friend's is being silenced.
Isn't it strange that it's legal to own a woman this way? Listen Ursula, we want her voice back. #freeKesha https://t.co/rifG9nWRWwMay 19, 2016
Ditto to all of this, and high-five for that flawless Little Mermaid reference. Here's to hoping we see Kesha kill it during May 22's awards show.
Mehera Bonner is a celebrity and entertainment news writer who enjoys Bravo and Antiques Roadshow with equal enthusiasm. She was previously entertainment editor at Marie Claire and has covered pop culture for over a decade.
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