You know me; I don’t refer much to current events. I don’t prefer to invite possible conflicts of opinions into my page. I don’t mind healthy debates, but hey – this is the internets and who knows who might come along and disagree in a nasty fashion… anyway, that all being said.
Ke$ha you guise.
It makes me very uncomfortable the perception that girls are no doubt getting from this debacle. That even if you’re Ke$ha, a talented business woman and singer/songwriter, and you yell rape – you will not be supported by the judge or your company.
So then, what’s the point?
Some people are saying that Sony is not making her work directly with the perpetrator anymore, so that makes it reasonable to force her to stay in her contract and make a further 6 albums…. Multiple more years.
So yay, right? No longer one-on-one work being done with a producer she’s uncomfortable with. Yet… He still works there. He still works around her. He still has access to the premises.
From what I understand, the producer actually runs the label Kemosabe which is a sub-contractor of Sony… and that is the label she works for. So even if she works with a different producer one-on-one this guy has the power over her contract and music production regardless.
Working with a different producer will do nothing in regards to the power he will wield over her and her career or if her work will even be promoted by the company in the future.
She will still have to see him regularly. He also now knows that she called him out in public as a sexual abuser, emotional abuser, and a rapist. How then can we be sure he wouldn’t find a way to get her alone again and retaliate? She is still going to feel fear for years to come as she works for Kemosabe/Sony, regardless of retaliation. How is this not a hostile work environment?
My feeling is that if she feels so strongly about this that she would risk being sued for breach of contract, that she would risk money and reputation by stopping work and pushing this issue in court – there has to be something to this. The fact is that she feels uncomfortable enough with this man that she has literally been giving up her livelihood to get away from him.
But Sony demands she stay.
They obviously don’t care about her wellbeing more than her money making ability. Honestly, though, I don’t know what we expect – they are acting the stereotypical music exec that we all know from TV.
Yet, we should expect that everyone, no matter their business or contracts, be able to work in an environment that is safe and non-hostile.
We should expect that companies that hold so much sway over our young people’s minds display these values and make it known that it is not acceptable to try to force young women to putting up with abusers .
Godammit, Sony, either you want her or you want that producer. If you want to keep him – fine, whatever – you need to then allow her out of her contract without a fight. However; if she is of such value to your business that you feel you cannot let her go, then get rid of the one person that makes her unable to work in a safe environment.
It is already hard enough to show girls the worth of reporting their rapists. There is already a stigma attached to the very business of rape allegations. There are already plenty of cases that have no proof and the rapists walk free. There are already plenty of arrogant pricks that are not jailed and are free to torment their victims – flaunt their freedom – after the fact.
So why are we allowing this to happen to Ke$ha in front of the entire world? Why are we letting girls who have been raped – or may be raped or sexually abused in the future – see that rapists get away with no consequences, even if you are an influential public figure?
So there was no proof in court to send him to jail. There’s not much we can do about that. Obviously the burden of proof is an important one when it comes to criminal cases and sentences that would affect the rest of someone’s life… But just because the court could not find him guilty, it doesn’t mean that Sony should be allowing the perception to come out to the world that Ke$ha’s word means nothing to them; that her safety and wellbeing mean nothing to them.
Either he loses his job or even gets transferred to another country? – come ON, Sony is a huge company – (if that is possible/would help from Ke$ha’s perspective), OR they allow her to move on from her contract because they cannot provide a working environment that makes her feel safe.
Luckily the court battle is not over. It will be a long hard battle for her, I am sure, but at this point – the court hearing that caused this uproar was simply about allowing her to make music independently while the rest of the battle is had out in court/pending any settlement. She was denied to do so – which really sucks – but at least she still has a fighting chance…. And let’s be honest. From where I’m standing, it appears that she has almost the whole world on her side.