“Do what is RIGHT not what is better for business,” the singer tells followers on Instagram
Lady Gaga, one of the most vocal supporters of Kesha’s legal battle against producer Dr. Luke, advocated for the “Tik Tok” singer again on social media late Friday, indicating to her Instagram followers that morality matters more than money.
Alongside a news clip of Kesha fans protesting, the “Born This Way” singer’s post included the caption: “#PeopleOverProfit you can #FreeKesha if you #FreeDrLuke Do what is RIGHT not what is better for business.”
The video, a montage snippet played on a phone, showed Kesha supporters chanting “people over profit,” and a specific protester explaining “We are all protesting to free Kesha. We are right outside of Sony’s building…They are Dr. Luke’s boss. They can terminate their relationship with Dr. Luke.”
Kesha claims her producer, whose full name is Lukasz Gottwald, of drugged and assaulted her. Dr. Luke rejects the accusations and filed his own countersuit.
Last week, Kesha lost a bid to exit her record contract when a judge reasoned that Sony could allow her to record with another producer. Kesha’s lawyer, Mark Geragos, argued that Sony’s offer to pair the singer with another producer was “illusory,” as any work recorded would be unlikely to receive promotion from the label.
Despite the ruling, the singer’s fans have flocked to support her, Gaga included. The fellow singer tweeted a picture of her holding hands with Kesha, and told Instagram followers earlier to “#StopVictimShaming,” which she used as a platform to discuss abuse more broadly.
Many women remain silent because of “the fear that no one will believe them or their abuser has threatened their life or life of their loved ones/livelihood in order to keep their victim quiet and under their control,” Gaga said.