Well, it looks like the #FreeKesha movement on Twitter has succeeded when it comes to perverting the “innocent until proven guilty” burden of proof, as reports coming out of New York say that Sony is cutting all ties with famed record producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald.
“The fact that this hasn’t already been taken care of is confusing, especially for people in the building,” one insider said of music company
Sony Music is expected to end its working relationship with controversial producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald a year ahead of his contract’s expiration, knowledgeable individuals have told TheWrap.
The output deal has become a public relations headache for the company since pop star Kesha’s sexual abuse allegations against Gottwald have resulted in a nasty court battle — and a groundswell of support for the singer from influential fellow artists like Adele, Lady Gaga and Kelly Clarkson…
“There is no contest. Kesha has no case in regards to her contract but they can’t afford the Adeles of the world out in the streets calling the label unsupportive,” one individual familiar with upper management’s thinking told TheWrap. “The fact that this hasn’t already been taken care of with Luke is confusing, especially for people in the building.”
So, this basically boils down to public relations. It would take me awhile to sit back and count all the big name female stars who have come out and backed Kesha’s allegations. Taylor Swift, Miley Cyrus, Kelly Clarkson…those are just a few off the top of my head. Also, as The Wire mentioned, Adele, who is possibly the biggest recording artist in the world right now, male or female, has also supported Kesha…
That’s not counting the numerous media and activist figures who have slammed Sony and Dr. Luke. Speaking of that aspect, Lena Dunham threw her jowls into the fight not that long ago…
To be clear, Kesha’s case is about more than a pop star fighting for her freedom, or a $60 million investment in a shiny commercial career. It’s about more than whether Kesha can strap on her cool leotards and make another album, free from a man who she says terrifies her. It’s even about more than the systemic misogyny of the entertainment industry, or the way that women in music and film have long been controlled and coerced by abusive Svengalis and entities larger than themselves. (Think: the studio system of the ’40s and ’50s, when starlets were essentially chattel. Think: Ike and Tina Turner.) 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.
I’ve been talking to my friend about this the last 30 minutes or so, and I think his contribution to the conversation is quite worthwhile:
Sony Drops Dr. Luke, huh? So, facts don’t matter in a business decision if public outcry is large enough. If they are willing to create a narrative that doesn’t care about the objective truths, then folks can lie their way to establish an agenda.This is why postmodernism is so dangerous.
That’s why if you can spoof outrage on the internet, you can cause lots of damage. Imagine if bots were created to write posts about x issue. There would be no way to see if a person created it. Business responds to profits above all, barring misandrists having insiders at Sony, of course.
Accusing Kesha of lying to get out of a contract would fall into their hands. Though, Dr. Luke MAY have recourse through a slander and/or libel lawsuit…if he can prove that she knew it was false. They have inverted innocent until proven guilty. Now the parties involved in the case may have no need to presume innocence, but foregoing that is a bad idea.
Take this logic though: If the presence of patriarchy is collective rape and the standard of evidence is diluted according to their demands, it in essence allows misandrists to imprison or kill males based on a whim…aka,violent revolution.
They have assumed a total war posture. That’s why the ideas are important, folks don’t see it outright, but if you can limit the lines of thinking people have, you can control them.
By accusing of misandry, it’s going to force them to examine if gender and sex can be separated from males.You can ask in turn, “So what is the inherent nature of man, surely it is social programming if expectations of women are social constructed and subsequent not be forced upon females.”
Food for thought on all this. Something else to consider: Just how bad Kesha’s contract really is…
Some people would do almost anything to get out of a contract like that, wouldn’t they?