Following the news that Kesha Sebert’s trial was ruled in favor of her record company (meaning she cannot be released from her contract despite sexual assault allegations toward a producer), many celebrities have been speaking out about the case. And in one of those cases, a bit of a rivalry has formed.
Demi Lovato posted several tweets, advocating women’s rights, one stating, “I’m waiting for women to be taken just as seriously as men.” A Taylor Swift fan made a post about her on Instagram, saying Lovato was taking the situation and making it about herself. The Swift fan presumably did this following the fact that it was announced that Taylor Swift herself donated $250,000 for Kesha’s cause.
Lovato, however, was quick to respond: “How the fuck am I making this about myself? At least I’m talking about it. Not everyone has 250k to 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 shit that’s uncomfortable to talk about rather than trying to be politically correct 24/7.”
Lovato then continues in another comment: “There’s no “rivalry” I just give more fucks than other people and would rather start a dialogue ABOUT WOMEN COMING FORWARD ABOUT BEING RAPED than throw money at one person.”
The Swift fan commented back to Lovato, saying they appreciated the fact that she spoke up about it but then argued that Lovato was now throwing shade towards Taylor. Lovato had this to say:
“I didn’t shade Taylor. If you take it that way than fine. I’m just tired of seeing women use “women empowerment” and “feminisim” to further brands without actually being the ones that have the uncomfortable conversations. I get shade and I don’t give a fuck because someone has to be the one to take it. At least I’m getting my hands dirty.”
All of this comes after Swift giving her donation ‘silently’ by simply having her rep make a statement. Kesha’s mother tweeted about it and thanked Swift for her support.
So, looking at both sides: Lovato is advocating to speak up about the issue rather than handing money over to a specific person. She believes advocating goes a longer way than a silent donation to the cause.
Meanwhile, Swift is helping in her own way by insinuating she does not agree with the verdict and wants to help a person that is genuinely wanting equal treatment. However, going back to Lovato’s point, this is not doing much for the general cause since Swift has yet to officially make a statement herself about the rights women should have. Her action also pits against normal people who advocate at the bottom since they cannot get recognition because they do not have a substantial amount of money to donate.
While Lovato states this is not a rivalry, this is definitely pitting Lovato and Swift fans against each other, sticking up for the person whom they admire.
Another Swift fan commented under the first fan’s post, stating, “Just proving how bad of a role model she is” in reference to Lovato. Lovato was quick to respond to this, stating, “What’s your idea of a role model?”
Lovato seemed to conclude her discussion on this topic, with a final tweet to Twitter saying, “Take something to Capitol Hill or actually speak about something and then I’ll be impressed.”
Swift has yet to make any comments to Lovato. More as this story continues.
Lovato vs Swift
Demi Lovato made a post to Instagram in an attempt to apologize to what she said about Taylor Swift, stating, “Everyone has their own way of giving support to others, and at the end of the day, helping victims is all that matters.” Lovato admitted that she let her passion get the best of her and in doing so caused her to say things she probably should not have said. However, in her statement, she still advocates the importance of speaking up on issues dealing with sexual assault and abuse. Read her full response/apology here.
Swift still has yet to comment.