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Taylor Swift Donated $250,000 to Kesha, and Demi Lovato’s Being Kind of a Jerk About It

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On Friday, a New York Supreme Court judge ruled that Kesha could not back out of her six-album contract with Sony. Kesha had sought to nullify the deal because she was allegedly drugged and raped by producer Dr. Luke. Fans and fellow artists alike showed their support for Kesha over the weekend, including Demi Lovato, who extended her tweets Saturday night into a message about “women empowerment” and ended with these words, in which she seems to be calling someone out.

Some might say Demi is throwing shade at Taylor Swift, who didn't tweet about the issue despite making comments as recently as last week's Grammys about female empowerment in response to Kanye West's offensive lyrics about her. Demi even reportedly liked and retweeted posts — although they no longer show up on her account — that seem to confirm she was talking about Taylor.

So you could say Demi wanted Taylor to put her proverbial money where her mouth is, right? Well, turns out that's exactly what Taylor did, by donating $250,000 to Kesha. Kesha's mother, Pebe Sebert, tweeted her thanks to Taylor before Taylor's spokesperson released a statement calling the move “a show of support” to help Kesha “with any of her financial needs during this trying time.”

 

Demi Lovato, however, was not impressed, and she's being kind of a jerk about it.

Okay, so it's starting to look like no matter what Taylor does, it's not going to be enough. Did Demi go to Capitol Hill? Did Demi “speak out about something” beyond sending a few tweets? So why is she holding Taylor to that standard? And really, as nice as tweets of support are, they sadly don't do a whole lot beyond boosting morale. $250,000 can actually make a difference.

Regardless, who said this had to be a competition in the first place? It's ironic that Demi is so hung up on women supporting other women, and yet here she goes tearing down another woman for… supporting other women? Here's what Demi later commented on a fan's Instagram post.

“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 sh*t that’s uncomfortable to talk about rather than trying to be politically correct 24/7.”

Ignoring the fact that pop superstar Demi Lovato is actually trying to claim she's not rich, she's right that not everyone has $250,000 to give away. But Taylor Swift does, so she did. That's somehow worse than keeping it to herself? A tweet sent out of obligation would have meant more than a generous donation?

Demi continued:

“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. I didn’t shade Taylor. If you take it that way than[sic] 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 f*ck because someone has to be the one to take it. At least I’m getting my hands dirty.”

Wow, there sure is a lot of first person in there for someone who isn't making this about herself.

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