The BRIT Awards are happening right now in The Land of Many Cakes. As you can already guess, Adele is going to need a shipping container to haul home all her awards. So far she’s only won one: Best British Female Solo Artist. Adele kept her acceptance speech short and sweet, no doubt because she was saving her voice for the 1,293 other acceptance speeches she’d no doubt make later in the evening. But one of the things she made sure to do after thanking everyone was to give a shout-out to Kesha by saying: “I’d like to take this moment to publicly support Kesha.” I might be jumping to conclusions, but Dr. Luke can probably go ahead and cross the name Adele off his list of dream collaborations.
— Hollywood Reporter (@THR) February 24, 2016
Demi Lovato is totally sending Taylor Swift a text right now that says: “See? It’s not that hard.”
I don’t know if Kesha’s lawyers have decided whether or not to appeal a judge’s recent decision to keep her stuck in her contract with Sony. But if I were them, I’d be typing up a transcript of Adele’s acceptance speech and rushing down to the judge’s chambers with it as soon as possible. An endorsement from the current queen of music should be enough to have that judge overturn her decision. Right? I mean, unless that judge is Noel Gallagher, it couldn’t hurt.
“I’m so, so beyond humbled and thankful for all of the support I’ve received from everyone. Words cannot really express the emotions I’ve gone through reading and seeing how amazing everyone has been to me. I can’t believe that so many people all over the world took the time to show me support and love. Other entertainers who knowingly put their own careers at stake by supporting me, I will be forever grateful.
All I ever wanted was to be able to make music without being afraid, scared, or abused. This case has never been about a renegotiation of my record contract – it was never about getting a bigger, or a better deal. This is about being free from my abuser. I would be willing to work with Sony if they do the right thing and break all ties that bind me to my abuser.
But at this point, this issue is bigger than just about me. I think about young girls today – I don’t want my future daughter – or your daughter – or any person to be afraid that they will be punished if they speak out about being abused, especially if their abuser is in a position of power.
Unfortunately I don’t think that my case is giving people who have been abused confidence that they can speak out, and that’s a problem.
But I just want to say that if you have been abused, please don’t be afraid to speak out. There are places that will make you feel safe. There are people who will help you. I for one, will stand beside you and behind you. I know now how this all feels and will forever fight for you the way perfect strangers have been fighting for me.
Yes, I am very much a feminist, but more than that, I am a humanist. I believe in supporting my fellow human beings in being SAFE. We’re all in this together. You are not alone. I love you and thank you.”
Here’s more of Adele looking like Cinderella’s red wine-drinking fairy godmother from North-East London (“Oi, you wanna go to the ball or not, mate?“) at the BRIT Awards.