Demi Lovato hits nail on head

Demi Lovato (Instagram | @ddlovato)

Demi Lovato knows the Kesha case is about so much more than just Kesha.

Lovato took a fair bit of stick when she questioned Taylor Swift’s decision to give Kesha $250,000 in her legal fight against producer Dr Luke.

A quick recap: Kesha claims Dr Luke subjected her to a decade of sexual, physical and emotional abuse, which led her to look for a way out of her contract with Sony Music. He counter-sued for defamation, and since then it’s all got very complicated.

You can catch-up more on the whole sage here.

In response to the donation to Kesha from Swift, Lovato tweeted on Monday (AEDT) the following, and the reaction from many was swift — no pun intended.

Just click through to the tweet for all the responses, if you have a day to spare.

Clearly, Lovato didn’t articulate her message in the best possible way, something she admitted to in her Instagram post at the top. But her support of Kesha should not be questioned, nor her desire to see a fairer world where women do not feel deterred from coming forward if they are abused in any way. That’s where, she feels, many are missing the point here.

In an Instagram post on Wednesday (AEDT), she attempted to clarify this, and did so in graphic and visually shocking fashion.

Lena Dunham has also highlighted how this case is about much more than Kesha in a piece on Lenny that is excellent.

“What’s happening to Kesha highlights the way that the American legal system continues to hurt women by failing to protect them from the men they identify as their abusers.”

So, bottom line — rather than highlighting a $250,000 donation to Kesha’s fight as the big story, what Lovato, Dunham and others looking a little deeper hope to help us see is there is a lot more at stake here.

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