Let me start off by saying this: I’m not Taylor Swift’s No.1 fan. There are many aspects about the way she does business and feminism I find problematic. However, the “Bad Blood” chanteuse is getting some unfair criticism for giving Kesha $250,000 in light of her losing her lawsuit against producer Dr. Luke. Swift conspiracy theorists claim the donation is nothing but a ploy to support Kesha while still remaining politically correct–a calculated move to boost her public perception. Some are even pissed she didn’t give more money. Just look at some of these mean tweets:
lol wow what a pale vampire , Taylor Swift Jumps on the kesha trend by " strategically offering her idk some Shtick fiasco "
— Alex °Ξ☻Ξ (@AntonioReyX360) February 22, 2016
Taylor Swift: sorry you got raped! here's $250k ttyl
— not lindsay lohan (@drugproblem) February 22, 2016
Trying not to be too harsh on Taylor Swift but giving Kesha 250k is like hush money at this point. Taylor's words are worth more than $$.
— teaks (@teala) February 22, 2016
I like @taylorswift13 but what she did by giving Kesha that money I felt was in bad taste.
— Peter (@petestavros) February 22, 2016
lmao taylor swift giving 250,000 dollars to kesha is the same (percentage-wise) as someone who earned 20,000 last year giving her 13 dollars
— adulting (@inspectahdreck) February 22, 2016
Even Demi Lovato reportedly shaded Swift for quietly giving money to Kesha instead of going public. “Take something to Capitol Hill or actually speak out about something and then I’ll be impressed,” Lovato tweeted. JustJared.com captured screen shots of Lovato defending herself to Swift fans on Instagram after they came for her. “How the f*ck am I making this about myself?” Lovato wrote. “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 sh*t that’s uncomfortable to talk about rather than trying to be politically correct 24/7.”
There is so much animosity here–so much speculation, judgment and side-eyeing. Even though, as I said, I’m not president of the Tay fan club, I have to ask: Why are we crucifying her for literally doing a wonderful thing?
It doesn’t matter how you dress it up, Swift giving Kesha $250,000 is incredibly beneficial–especially if Kesha is having financial problems, as TMZ reported earlier today. In fact, it is arguably more helpful than just sending a quick, “I stand with Kesha!” tweet from bed. Doesn’t Swift’s move essentially do that and give Kesha tangible assistance?
Yes, Lovato brings up a good point. A public statement from Swift would be nice. The 1989 diva is the biggest pop star on Earth, and a more pointed remark in support of Kesha–and, more importantly, against Dr. Luke–would help. However, it’s not the only way to aid Kesha, nor is it even the best way. At this point, Swift is damned if she does, damned if she doesn’t. Can’t we just applaud her for helping a peer in need without tearing her apart for the way she did it? Swift could give $1 million and write a thesis about why Kesha is amazing, and people would still find a way to hate her. It’s annoying–and this is coming from a non-fan.
Swift’s act has the same effect as Lovato, Lady Gaga and other pop stars’ tweets. It says, “We’re here for you. We’re ready to fight alongside you.”
But TayTay’s check actually helps pay the bills. And that’s great, no matter what the motivation.