On Friday, a New York Supreme Court judge denied Kesha's injunction motion, upholding her exclusive contract with Sony Music, effectively, barring her from working with anybody beside Dr. Luke, her alleged abuser. Really, that happened.
Dr. Luke's lawyer released a statement saying that Kesha is already free to record without the involvement of her client and that the abuse allegations are "outright lies that have been advanced to extort a contract renegotiation." But that denial hasn't stopped many pop artists, including some who have worked closely with Dr. Luke, from publicly lending their support to Kesha.
#FreeKesha trended all weekend. High-profile celebrities like Lady Gaga, Demi Lovato, Lorde and Dr. Luke collaborators Miley Cyrus and Kelly Clarkson spoke up on Twitter and Instagram. Taylor Swift donated $250,000 to Kesha "to help with any of her financial needs during this trying time."
In the midst of all this, there's also a movement to hold Sony accountable for not letting Kesha out of the contract. A change.org petition has appeared asking supporters to boycott Sony Music and Sony products. "By signing this petition to boycott Sony, you stand against their manipulative and money hungry acts," writes Alexis Rapoza, "and refuse to by [sic] music/products from a band that abuses their artists like this!" In just three days, the petition has collected 233,000 signatures.
In spite of the typos, Sony should be very concerned — if not from a human rights perspective, than at least for falling sales figures. Were the quarter-million signatories to stop buying music and other merchandise from Sony artists (that's Britney Spears, that's Calvin Harris, that's Fifth Harmony) and avoid Sony products like the PlayStation, cameras, televisions, tablets, and audio equipment, the $11 million in promotion that the company's already invested in Kesha — part of the reason they won't tear up her contract despite her clear distress — would look like a paltry sum.
Swift's donation can keep Kesha in the courtroom; this petition — if adhered to — could bring Sony to its knees.