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Demi Lovato has made it extremely apparent that she cares deeply about the appalling situation in which the courts denied Kesha's lawsuit to break her contract with her alleged abuser, Dr. Luke, who also happens to be her producer. She's tweeted out numerous comments about her support for Kesha, how more women need to speak out about this kind of sexual and mental abuse, and passionately saying: "I'm also ready for self-proclaimed feminists to start speaking out or taking action for women's rights." This girl is serious about not only having Kesha's back through this horrifying ordeal, but her words are a call to action. 

Along with fans, numerous celebrities (mostly women) have come forward to be vocally supportive of Kesha, including Lady Gaga, Kelly Clarkson, Janelle Monáe, Lorde, Ariana Grande, Grimes, and Lily Allen. However, one female artist in particular didn't speak out, she dropped cash. 

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It was reported late Sunday (February 21) night that Taylor Swift donated $250,000 to Kesha. The money was sent, a rep confirmed, to help her with her legal battle against Dr. Luke. Now, while we are sure Kesha is appreciative of this money aid because surely she will appeal the court's decision, Lovato is livid at Swift's silence

Although Lovato wasn't clear about who she was referring to in that tweet, the timing points to Swift. And Swift fans weren't having it. They spoke out on social media to support Swift's cash donation and lashed out at Lovato. One user in particular, @proudofswift, an Instagram user who keeps switching their account from private to public, attracted a response from Lovato. They posted: “I got this from @pitifulswift. 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. Proud of you @taylorswift for donating money to help Kesha through this time."

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Lovato responded to that post by saying: "How the f*ck 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 shit that's uncomfortable to talk about rather than trying to be politically correct 24/7," and added, "There's no 'rivalry' I just give more f*cks than other people and would rather start a dialogue ABOUT WOMEN COMING FORWARD ABOUT BEING RAPED than throw money at one person."

We will keep you posted on any further developments. But first let us know how you feel about this. 

Do you agree that Taylor Swift's donation is showing enough support?

  • 0% Yes, because helping with legal matters will do more good in the long run.
  • 0% No, Taylor Swift should speak out and show her support vocally.

[Updated: 9:55 p.m.] Demi Lovato clarified her comments by posting the following message on her Instagram: "As most people know, I tend to get fired up about the things I believe in, and although my heart and intentions are always in the right place, unfortunately sometimes my passion gets the best of me and causes me to say things that I probably shouldn't say. And when doing so it takes away from the real reason I am speaking up in the first place. Our focus should be on the topic of victims of sexual and physical abuse being afraid to come forward with their stories. They're more likely to face retaliation and harassment than to see justice being served. Especially women. It baffles me that when it comes to serious issues like equality and abuse, too often women are not taken as seriously as men. All I want to see is women coming together and actually making a difference. A real change and shift in society. Everyone has their own way of giving support to others , and at the end of the day, helping victims is all that matters. Ultimately, the message I want people to hear is it's okay to come forward with your abuse and if you do decide to take action, you are not alone."