While many celebrities have notably rallied behind Kesha amid her ongoing legal battle with Dr. Luke, the conversation surrounding the case unfortunately shifted this weekend to highlight everyone except Kesha.
“Take something to Capitol Hill or actually speak out about something and then I’ll be impressed," Lovato tweeted, before further defending her words on Instagram to a Swift fan who criticized her comments.
“Not everyone has 250k to just give to people,” Lovato wrote. “At least I speak up about shit that’s uncomfortable to talk about rather than trying to be politically correct 24/7. 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.
“I didn’t shade Taylor," she added. "If you take it that way than fine. 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 fuck because someone has to be the one to take it. At least I’m getting my hands dirty.”
On Monday evening, Lovato offered up a lengthy explanation for her comments in an Instagram post of her own. Accompanied by an infographic about sexual assault, she wrote that she wasn’t trying to criticize Swift; she was just “fired up.”
“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,” she began. “And when doing so it takes away from the real reason I am speaking up in the first place.”
The 22-year-old singer continued by saying she wants the focus to be on the victims and nothing else.
“Our focus should be on the topic of victims of sexual and physical abuse being afraid to come forward with their stories,” she continued. “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,” she continued. “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.”