Several artists were tweeting support for Ke$ha (real name Kesha Rose Sebert) after the ruling came down that she must keep her recording contract with Dr. Luke — real name Luke Gottwald — a man she alleges drugged and raped her in 2005. Taylor Swift is the latest fellow artist to voice her support, but she’s putting her money where her mouth is.
Sebert’s mom tweeted the news, writing, “Taylor Swift has just generally donated $250,000 to Kesha, as a show of support during this difficult time. AMAZING!!” A spokesperson for Swift confirms the tweet to E! News, adding that it is “to help with any of [Kesha’s] financial needs during this trying time.”
But one person who is seemingly not impressed by the gift is singer Demi Lovato. “Take something to Capitol Hill or actually speak out about something and then I’ll be impressed,” says Lovato in a tweet. The tweet was not directed at Swift, but in a follow-up conversation with a Swift fan on Instagram, Lovato basically confirmed that the tweet was about Swift’s donation.
The Instagram exchange was with @proudofswift, whose account is now private. The Swift fan writes, “The fact that Demi took the attention off of the REAL issue, which is Kesha, and put it on her and what seems to be a new ‘rivalry’ really shows her true character.”
To which Lovato responds, “How the f*** am I making this about myself? At least I’m talking about it. Not everyone has 250K to just give to people. Would love to but I didn’t grow up with money and def haven’t made as much as her. At least I speak up about s*** that’s uncomfortable to talk about rather than trying to be politically correct 24/7.”
“There’s no ‘rivalry,'” she continues. “I just give more f***s than other people and would rather start a dialogue ABOUT WOMEN COMING FORWARD ABOUT BEING RAPED than throw money at one person.”
When @proudofswift responded to Lovato, asking why she had to shade on Swift, Lovato denies that that’s what she was doing.
“Didn’t shade Taylor. If you take it that way than fine,” writes Lovato. “I’m just tired of seeing women use ‘women empowerment’ and ‘feminism’ to further brands without actually being the ones that have the uncomfortable conversations. I get shade and I don’t give a f*** because someone has to be the one to take it. At least I’m getting my hands dirty.”