In her much-discussed Grammys acceptance speech that was widely interpreted as Kanye West shading, Taylor Swift said, “I want to say to all the young women out there, there are going to be people along the way who will try to undercut your success or take credit for your accomplishments or your fame. But if you just focus on the work and you don’t let those people side-track you, some day, when you get where you’re going you’ll look around and you’ll know that it was you and the people who love who put you there.”
Swift’s message is that female artists need to stick together, which is why the “Bad Blood” singer donated $250,000 to Kesha, whose request for an injunction, “which would allow her to record outside of her contract with Dr. Luke,” was denied by a New York City judge last week. Via CNN:
Swift donated $250,000 to the “Tik Tok” singer on Sunday, two days after a judge ruled against Kesha in a case in which she asked to record music independently of producer Dr. Luke.
“In a show of support, Taylor Swift has donated $250,000 to Kesha to help with any of her financial needs during this trying time,” a representative for Swift wrote in a statement. (Via)
A day before Swift’s donation, Demi Lovato, an outspoken voice in the #FreeKesha movement, tweeted that she was “ready for self-proclaimed feminists to start speaking out or taking action for women’s rights.”
Many took this as a shot at Swift, who’s no stranger to feuds with fellow pop stars, but “multiple sources connected to Swift [say] that there was no connection between Lovato’s tweets and the donation,” according to Rolling Stone.
Still, considering this, here was Lovato’s response:
And here’s her defense of her opinion against Swift fans on Instagram:
— BuzzFeed (@BuzzFeed) February 22, 2016
While not originally addressing her directly, most can draw conclusions on what Demi thought of the purely monetary statement. If we can guess anything, it’s that this is far from over.