Lady Gaga Tells Fans to Stop Victim-Shaming Kesha and Other Assault Victims: 'This Is the Most Upsetting Part'
By Rachel McRady
Lady Gaga is proudly standing with Kesha. The GRAMMY winner posted new photos with the “Tik Tok” singer on Instagram and Snapchat on Wednesday, and when some comments turned negative, she also shared a lengthy response.
One fan commented on Gaga’s photo, writing, “of course I am saddened by what’s happening with Kesha, but what makes me more sad is the comments on this photo. I can’t believe how many people don’t understand rape culture and how it is slyly embedded in our society.”
The Mother Monster quickly agreed, replying to the comment, and posting a screengrab of her response on Instagram.
“This is the most upsetting part for me,” she wrote. “That the very reason women don’t speak up for years is the fear no one will believe them or their abuser has threatened their life or life of their loved ones/livelihood in order to keep their victim quiet and under their control.”
She went on to note that Kesha’s case is an all-too-common one that Gaga herself has struggled with.
“What happened to Kesha has happened to many female artists including myself and it will affect her for the rest of her life,” she continued. “No one needs to validate Kesha. Why is victim always the ‘liar’ why do we let people in a position of power get away with behaving in humanely? These guys hide behind the legal system and its their litigious behavior that is precisely what they use to rape these girls. ‘Give me what I want or else I will come after you’ and they have all the money and the resources to do it.”
Earlier this week, Kesha lost her preliminary injunction against Sony, in which she was trying to get out of her contract with producer Dr. Luke, whom she claims drugged and raped her more than a decade ago.
In addition to supporting Kesha, Lady Gaga has also been an outspoken advocate for survivors of sexual assault. The singer, who is a victim of rape, is currently nominated for the Academy Awards’ Best Original Song for “Til It Happens to You” from the campus rape documentary, The Hunting Ground.
“I went through some horrific things, and I'm able to laugh now, because I've gone through a lot of mental and physical therapy and emotional therapy to heal over the years. My music's been wonderful for me,” she said in the radio interview. “But, you know, I was a shell of my former self at one point. I was not myself.”