Sony and Kesha: An Unfair Settlement

Sony and Kesha: An Unfair Settlement

On April 6 a New York judge disregarded musical artist Kesha’s claim that she should be let go of her contract with Sony because  she was emotionally and sexually abused by her producer. This case became huge amongst mainstream media and social networking due to how, in the past, many female artists have been abused and treated disgracefully.

This issue is and always has been an ongoing struggle since the introduction of women in the music industry. They are treated badly based on how they present themselves and if it is in the way that they prefer, they are typically shunned and put down by the media due to the fact that they are not only being themselves but they are not fitting into the expectations that the rest of society sets for them.


Although Kesha’s claims were rejected by both the producer and Sony, she was strong enough to admit to something truly devastating. The problem is that people who are emotionally and sexually abused feel more ashamed to admit and come out to what had happened more than those who committed that crime, just because as with the victim of a horrendous crime, they’re likely to believe that the reason they were abused was their fault and not the one who did it.

Kesha was able to gain support from some of the biggest and most outspoken female recording artists such as Lady Gaga, Nicki Minaj, and Miley Cyrus. Even though she was able to gain this support, these artists refused to be interviewed on the subject due to the fact that if they were to speak on the subject, their careers may be in jeopardy as well.

It is unfortunate that Kesha was unable to win this case and gain freedom  from her Sony contract, but overall,she was able to open the eyes of millions of people to how women are strongly mistreated in the music industry and deserve to have control over their careers and what they want to pursue as an artist. The fact that Kesha was not granted her freedom from Sony proves to show that misogyny in the media is still alive and well, but it’s 2016 and we’re past due when it comes to women being treated fairly.




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