Kesha canceled her appearance at Colossus that was scheduled for Feb. 26, but students still plan to hold a rally in her support, called “Loyola in Solidarity with Kesha,” in the West Quad by the Damen Student Center at 5:45 p.m. tomorrow.
Junior Liz Bajjalieh, one of the organizers of the rally, said even though Kesha is no longer performing Loyola still needs to show its support.
“We still need to recognize the importance of this case and how it shows how rape culture is a part of our criminal justice system,” said the 20-year-old anthropology and sociology double major.
The event, which has more than 500 RSVPs on Facebook, shows the students don’t agree with what happened to Kesha.
“It’s really important as a Jesuit university with this — I could say textbook — example of rape culture coming to the forefront,” Bajjalieh said. “It’s important that we as an institution kind of stand up for this, especially since she was coming to our university.”
Bajjalieh, president of the Advocacy club, said the goals of the event are to show support for rape survivors and publicly support Kesha, who was denied by a judge to be freed from her contract with Sony and producer Lukasz Sebastian “Dr. Luke” Gottwald on Feb. 19, who she says sexually assaulted her.
“The judge’s ruling makes women feel like their injustices will go without consequence, and that’s not OK,” said Shirin Daly, a first-year economics and international studies double major. “Women should feel safe in knowing that their predator will be rightly punished for his actions.”
Sony representatives have commented saying that while they are not legally able to terminate Kesha’s contract, they are doing what they can to support the artist so she can work without interacting with Dr. Luke.
First-year student Jillian Waun said rape culture needs to be stopped in its tracks.
“This is an important issue because all women deserve the right to feel safe, whether that is around close friends or strangers,” said the ad/PR major.
Jason Hoffman, a first-year engineering major, said even though the concert was canceled, he still plans to attend the rally. However, he said he is skeptical how big the turnout will be now.
“It’s not right to treat another human being like that,” said Hoffman. “We have free will, the ability to make our own choices, and taking that away specifically for sexual purposes is disgusting and can really have an awful impact on the victim.”