After a New York judge denied Kesha’s request to record new music outside of her record contract with Sony Music, Taylor Swift announced a donation for the embattled artist.
"In a show of support, Taylor Swift has donated $250,000 to Kesha to help with any of her financial needs during this trying time," Tree Paine, Swift's spokeswoman, said in a statement.
The "Tik Tok" singer is engaged in ongoing legal disputes with music producer Dr. Luke after she sued him in 2014 for abuse, including allegedly drugging and raping her a decade ago.
Other celebrities, like Lady Gaga, Lorde, Kelly Clarkson and Lily Allen, came out in support of Kesha. But only Swift, so far, has offered financial assistance – which, as many have pointed out, might not be enough to help her.
For nearly two years, Swift has maintained deafening silence over Kesha’s problems. Her lack of support became even more apparent as she voiced support for all women on different public platforms but didn’t mention Kesha’s legal and personal struggles even once in her speeches.
The “why” part is a little hard to guess, however, one possible explanation could be Swift’s distorted and (highly) selective view of feminism.
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While encouraging women to be more supportive of each other, Swift endorses cliques both in her videos and real life — which is kind of ironic.
Her music video for “Bad Blood” prompted a lot of criticism for encouraging hostility between “girl gangs,” as did her red carpet entrance with her “girl squad” at the MTV VMAs last year.
“Merely wanting to be Swift’s friend isn’t enough. Celebrities who make the cut also need to possess enough social capital to offer her something in return — to add another dimension to bolster her clean-cut image,” the New York Post wrote of Swift’s “girl squad.”
Critics questioned Swift’s definition of feminism once again after she attacked Nicki Minaj for criticizing VMAs' lack of diversity.
If your video celebrates women with very slim bodies, you will be nominated for vid of the year ??????????????????????????— NICKI MINAJ (@NICKIMINAJ) July 21, 2015
Without even understanding that Minaj’s tweet addressed a broader issue that indeed afflicts the entertainment industry, Swift managed to make it all about herself.
It was only after people pointed out how Swift missed the point that she realized her mistake and apologized to Minaj.
All of this goes to show how Swift, while having right amount of star power and passion for feminism, has no idea how to use it for good.
Her donation for Kesha is indeed important but if Swift uses her platform to address Kesha’s troubles further, that’d be more impactful.
She once forced Apple Music to pay artists during their free trial. She could do that with Sony Music too.
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