Singer Demi Lovato urged women to empower themselves and be heard in an impassioned and powerful call for justice for sexual abuse victims on Sunday.
Her message was delivered in a series of tweets issued in reaction to a judge’s refusal to let pop star Kesha out of her recording contract with Sony despite her accusations of sexual assault and battery against producer Dr. Luke.
“Someone tell me why anyone would come forward if they are most likely to be ignored or called a liar,” she asked, while noting it was a scenario “repeated way too often.
“I’m ready for women to be taken just as seriously as men,” she said, continuing later, “I’m also ready for self-proclaimed feminists to start speaking out or taking action for women’s rights.”
And then the “Cool for the Summer” singer made a pitch for female empowerment, which she defined as “speaking up for other women even when it’s something uncomfortable to speak up about.”
That was only the beginning for Lovato, who made clear that ready or not, she felt American culture needed to change and offered several ideas of how that can happen.
Here are the tweets:
Someone tell me why anyone would ever feel brave enough to come forward if they are most likely to be ignored or called a liar?
Happens way too often. I’m ready for women to be taken just as seriously as men..
Frustrating to see women come forward with their past only to be shot down, not believed & disrespected for their bravery in taking action
I’m also ready for self-proclaimed feminists to start speaking out or taking action for women’s rights.
Women empowerment is speaking up for other women even when it’s something uncomfortable to speak up about.
Women empowerment is using your voice to help the voiceless women be heard.
Women empowerment is taking action now, not when it’s convenient.
Women empowerment is tweeting at 2:30 am knowing the consequences of these tweets and not giving a single fuck. ????
Okay I’m really tired.. Going to bed. Love you all. #equalityforALL (not just women) ??’???????’–