New Ad Supports Kesha, Accuses Sony Of Promoting Rape Culture

"The life of a pop star: fame, glamour, excitement, rape,” says the ad.

By Jazzi Johnson

UltraViolet--the successful women’s advocacy group who was responsible for canceling the CeeLo Green Show, changing policies in the NFL, and restoring birth control coverage to name a few—are now taking a stand with Kesha.

The group just recently bought audible ad space on Pandora to shame Sony Records and Dr. Luke, hoping the call-to-action will awaken more than Kesha’s fans to the issue at hand.

"The life of a pop star: fame, glamour, excitement, rape,” says the ad. "Kesha is being forced to work with Dr. Luke , her abuser. Sony can free Kesha and take a stand against rape culture. Tell Sony to drop Dr. Luke."

UltraViolet has also started their own petition and released this statement to Teen Vogue in relation to their Pandora ad:

"Kesha has been struggling for years to be free from the influence of her abuser — and that struggle is still ongoing," said Nita Chaudhary, co-founder of UltraViolet. "While reports from unnamed insiders have implied that Sony Music is exploring ways to cut ties to Dr. Luke's Kemosabe Records, short of a public announcement from Sony Music CEO Doug Morris, only one thing remains true: Kesha isn't free."

A month ago, Kesha released this statement of gratitude for all of those who have been supporting her through the ordeal:


The “TiK ToK” singer who rose to fame in 2010 had been noticeably quiet since 2012. Re-emerging in 2014, she alleges that it was all due to having been sexually, verbally, and physically abused “to the point where [she] nearly lost her life,” according to the suit. Dr. Luke (Luke Gottwald)— her then lover and producer since 2005--was also accused of having led her to developing eating disorders. 

After waiting two years for the final decision to reach the Manhattan Supreme Court, it all came to a head this February when the court upheld her contracts, leading the singer to uncontrollable, heartbreaking sobs.

Since then, over 230,000 people have signed a petition urging Sony releases the singer/songwriter and she’s received support via social media from celebrities and fans alike. Sounds like the battle has only just begun. Listen to the ad here.

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