Her show stopping performance at the 60th annual Grammy awards was a powerful call to action as she was flanked by an army of incredible women at the 60th annual Grammy award show. Her first major success came in early 2009 after she featured on American rapper Flo Rida’s number-one single ‘Right Round’. In 2005, Kesha Rose was signed to Dr. Luke’s label, Kemosabe Entertainment, and his music publishing company, Prescription Songs.
Kesha’s unpolished aesthetic and juvenile stage persona, which she described as her own personality “times ten”, quickly made her a deeply polarizing figure. What seemed to start off as a great career was later harmed by Dr Luke’s alleged verbal and sexual abuse towards her. This brought her career into a drought and her tears flowed like the rain.
Kesha had always been a strong woman. Whether she was praising cunnilingus in her breakout single ‘Right Round’ with Flo Rida, or subverting gender roles in ‘Blah Blah Blah’, her lyrics are rife with references to female sexual freedom.Today, Kesha is a force to reckon with and a feminist idol. Kesha has been one of the prime supporters of the widely known #MeToo movement which aims to put an end to sexual abuse, in Hollywood and beyond.
Despite the isolating experience dealing with lengthy court proceedings while coping with emotional trauma, Kesha rose above it all and poured out her heart into her Grammy nominated album—’Rainbows’. Her inspiring album, which was a cathartic response to her legal battle and the pain she felt, has been a source of inspiration to many females around the world. With her words, she healed the pain of wounds inflected by men on thousands of women, soothing them with her voice. Rainbow was released before the #MeToo and #TimeIsUp movement but has correlated with the beginning of a reckoning for sexism, misogyny and abuse of power.
Kesha’s public support of #MeToo is particularly poignant after years locked in a legal battle with her former producer Lukasz “Dr. Luke” Gottwald and his Sony imprint Kemosabe. 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, the producer who she accused of sexual assault. She lost her case and the internet came rushing to her support with the hashtag #FreeKesha. That was the beginning of awareness in the entertainment industry. She persevered through it all, setting an inspiring example for women who are also trying to overcome abuse.The bitter and protracted fight has made Kesha a hero to survivors of abuse. Kesha put her entire career on the line in her fight to free herself from her alleged abuser. Looking at it figuratively, Kesha put everything she had on the line in her fight to free all women bound by the chains of sexist men.
Women aren’t in any industry to be taken advantage of, women are strong, hard working and goal oriented. Over the years women have been made to seem like the lesser gender. However, never undermine the power of a woman. Undermining the power of a woman is undermining the power of a mother, a wife, a sister, a leader, an innovator, a role model and a human being.
In Kesha’s essay celebrating her feminist anthem ‘Woman’ She stated “In the past few years, i have felt like a woman more than ever. I just feel the strength and awesomeness and power of being female.” Indeed, Kesha Rose is a feminist figure we should all praise.
Written by Tommy Monroe (@TommyMonroe_ on Twitter).