When Jennifer Lopez released “Ain’t Your Mama,” she probably expected praise for the female-positive lyrics, where she tells a man-child that she will not clean up after him. But instead, the Internet ripped her after learning that Dr. Luke – the man Kesha accused of sexual abuse – co-produced the song.
Kesha has been embroiled in a legal battle with Dr. Luke and Sony since 2014; she has tried to get out of her contract with the producer’s Kemosabe label. He then countersued Kesha for defamation. And when Sony refused to let her out of her contract, fans and celebrities used the #FreeKesha hashtag to support the singer. Just this week, a New York judge threw out Kesha’s appeal to be released from her contact and said that “every rape is not a gender-motivated hate crime,” according to NPR.
As Jezebel points out, “label executives can theoretically coerce an artist into working with people they don’t necessarily like or respect simply by rights of what’s in a contract.” But it’s still unfortunate that J.Lo is now tied to him, and more than anything, disappointing that Sony continues to stand behind Dr. Luke.