Justice

Kesha Responds to Lady Gaga's Powerful Performance Addressing Sexual Assault

February 29th 2016

By:
Laura Donovan

Lady Gaga's tribute to sexual assault survivors during Sunday night's Oscars is being widely celebrated on Twitter for giving a voice to those who are often discouraged from speaking for themselves.

Gaga's performance of "Til It Happens to You" was especially poignant to pop singer Kesha, who has recently been fighting to free herself from her recording contract with Sony Music, after alleging that she was raped by one of the company's most prominent producers, Dr. Luke.

A sexual assault survivor herself, Lady Gaga invited fellow survivors on stage for her performance of the song, which she co-wrote with Diane Warren for the "The Hunting Ground," a documentary film highlighting overlooked rape cases on a college campus.

On Sunday night, Kesha applauded Lady Gaga's emotional performance of the Academy Award nominated song and thanked Vice President Joe Biden for introducing her and speaking out about the It's On Us campaign, which aims to combat campus sexual assault:

 

A photo posted by Kesha (@iiswhoiis) on

"[Thank you Lady Gaga and Joe Biden] for bringing attention to sexual assault at the [O]scars," Kesha wrote on Twitter and Instagram. "It hit very close to my heart for obvious reasons."

Lady Gaga, who sympathized with Kesha after a New York Judge denied her permission to break her contract with Sony, told her fellow pop singer prior to the Oscars that she would be thinking of her that night.

Lady Gaga also posted an Instagram of her kissing her fiancé Taylor Kinney, writing that she never thought someone would love her after she was sexually assaulted as a teenager:

 

A photo posted by Lady Gaga (@ladygaga) on

"I never thought anyone would ever love me because I felt like my body was ruined by my abuser," Lady Gaga wrote. "But he loves the survivor in me. He's stood by me all night proud and unashamedly. [THAT'S] a real man."

Kesha, who accused Dr. Luke of sexual, mental, and physical abuse, has recently used social media to express her feelings of heartbreak after being denied her request to break a contract with him.

 

 

I'm so, so beyond humbled and thankful for all of the support I'vereceived from everyone. Words cannot really express...

Posted by Kesha on Wednesday, February 24, 2016

 

"All I ever wanted was to be able to make music without being afraid, scared, or abused," Kesha wrote in a lengthy Facebook statement last week. "This case has never been about a re-negotiation of my record contract – it was never about getting a bigger, or a better deal. This is about being free from my abuser."

 

A photo posted by Kesha (@iiswhoiis) on

She also expressed gratitude for the outpouring of support she's received on social media.

"I am beyond words in gratitude," she wrote last week. "[T]hank you is not enough but it is all I have. [A] million times over and forever thank you. [T]he support I have received has left my face swollen from tears. I love you all so much."