Why Kesha Wasn’t Included In ‘TIME’s Person Of The Year
TIME announced its Person of the Year, and this year, it’s a group of people TIME is calling “The Silence Breakers.” The group consists of women and men who have boldly and loudly spoken out against sexual harassment and assault in their various industries. The creator of the #MeToo campaign, Tarana Burke, is one of the women featured, as well as other women who made waves with their #MeToo stories in the aftermath of the Harvey Weinstein allegations (Rose McGowan, Ashley Judd, and Alyssa Milano, to name a few). But , and her absence is not going unnoticed by fans.
Kesha went through a brutally public court battle in 2016 when she was trying to get free of her contract with SONY that bound her to working with Dr. Luke, her producer who she accused of sexual assault. She claimed Dr. Luke had prevented her from releasing music, and she wanted out so she could work again. She claimed she wasn’t trying to ruin his career, she just wanted the freedom to work. She lost her case and the internet came rushing to her support (look up the #FreeKesha hashtag to refresh your memory on this). Celebrities like Lady Gaga and Taylor Swift supported Kesha in the aftermath. Taylor Swift is included in TIME’s Person of the Year for a similar situation, and fans are pissed Kesha was snubbed while Swift was included. It’s no shade toward Swift, however. While some fans don’t believe Swift should be included in the group, there are those who believe both Kesha and Swift should be included.
— TIME (@TIME) December 6, 2017
im sorry but kesha really fucking deserved to be included in this… she went up against her abuser who had her entire career on a lockdown, still managed to release a fantastic album and earned a grammy nom…that sort of rise from the ashes is worthy of praise https://t.co/Fyc7gMgVEr
— william shookspeare (@dracomallfoys) December 6, 2017
Fans are arguing that Kesha’s legal battle with Dr. Luke, followed by the eventual release of her Grammy-nominated album Rainbow (which featured the single “Praying,” Kesha’s musical response to the hell she went through in 2016) are part of the foundation the women in “The Silence Breakers” were able to stand on when coming out with their stories. For Swift specifically, Kesha went through an intense legal battle about sexual harassment/assault just like she did this past summer. And Swift credited Kesha for helping her through her own lawsuit.
I love TS but I think Kesha deserved this place so much more, I’m disappointed but not suprised
— Flor- (@smallgirlmadeof) December 6, 2017
Did we really need Taylor Swift in here though we all gat issues with her Kesha got some role
— Kate Ritchie (@kateritchie) December 6, 2017
I think though that they’re trying to celebrate women who stand up to powerful men. It’s the power imbalance that makes it so impressive. Just not seeing the same dynamic with TS’ s case. Also would be nice if She used her celeb to speak up for OTHER ppl once in a while.
— 🇨🇦Rob Ambrose (@Rob_ThaBuilder) December 6, 2017
People have been largely very supportive of my story since the trial began in August, but before that, I spent two years reading headlines referring to it as “The Taylor Swift Butt Grab Case” with internet trolls making a joke about what happened to me. The details were all skewed, as they often are. Most people thought I was suing him. There was an audible gasp in the courtroom when I was named as the defendant. Once it hit the news that I was in Denver dealing with this, there was an outpouring of support on social media and I have never appreciated it more. I spoke to Kesha on the phone and it really helped to talk to someone who had been through the demoralizing court process.