Over the weekend a court ruled that Kesha would not be able to break contract with the label even after the singer alleged she was mentally, physically and sexually abused by pop producer Dr. Luke who had a key hand in both her albums Animal and Warrior.
Under the standing contract, Kesha must record eight more albums with the label and will not be able to work with another company until she has done so. Kesha broke down in tears when the verdict was handed down, but since thousands of fans and many artists have rallied behind her.
The creator of the petition Alexis Rapoza writes, “By signing this petition to boycott Sony you stand against their manipulative and money hungry acts and refuse to by music/products from a band that abuses their artists like this!”
The petition also quotes Michael Jackson’s infamous words about the label, in which he calls the former head of Sony Tommy Mattola “a devil.”
“The story is usually the same though,” said Jackson of artists at labels. “These guys worked really hard at their craft… They are usually broken, torn and usually just sad, because the companies take advantage of them, they really do.”
Lady Gaga, Ariana Grande, Demi Lovato and many more have all publicly backed Kesha praising her bravery.
“This is for every woman, every human who has ever been abused,” Kesha wrote on Instagram about her decision to speak of her abuse.
It’s been four years since the 28 year-old artist released an album. Sony has stated that they will allow her to work with producers other than Dr. Luke to fulfil her contract but her fans believe she should be set free.
Artists signed to Sony currently include Kelly Clarkson, Britney Spears and Calvin Harris.
UPDATE: A representative for Taylor Swift says she has donated $250,000 to Kesha “to help with any of her financial needs” during her ongoing court battle.
UPDATE 23/02/16: Dr. Luke has spoken out about Kesha’s rape allegations
For those needing assistance, 1800 Respect – the National Sexual Assault Domestic Family Violence Counselling Service – can be reached on 1800 737 732
I have nothing left to hide. I did this because the truth was eating away my soul and killing me from the inside. this is not just for me. this is for every woman, every human who has ever been abused. sexually. emotionally. mentally. I had to tell the truth. so the outcome will be what it will be. there’s nothing left I can do. it’s just so scary to have zero control in your fate. but this is my path this life for whatever reason…. #Friday