Lady Gaga Stands Up for Kesha

 By Hayden Wright

Lady Gaga has spoken up for Kesha once again. Following news that Kesha’s Billboard Music Awards performance was yanked by record label management, Gaga responded with outrage; she retweeted a news link about the sudden change of plans and added a curt message.

Related: Kesha Reacts to Being Yanked From Awards Show Lineup

“Isn’t it strange that it’s legal to own a woman this way?” read the tweet. “Listen Ursula, we want her voice back. #freeKesha.

The Little Mermaid reference likens Kesha to Ariel, the titular mermaid and protagonist who trades her voice for a chance to live among humans above water. Ursula, the sea witch, sold Ariel a false bill of goods and exerted control over her body and choices.

Lady Gaga has been a stalwart ally in Kesha’s struggle to extricate herself from Sony/Kemosabe and producer Dr. Luke, whom she accused of raping and abusing her. This month, Kesha performed Gaga’s “Til It Happens to You,” a song written about surviving sexual assault.

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