Sometimes, CNN provides a window into the approved narrative, and the approved narrative with respect to the whole Kesha-Dr. Luke thing involves terms like “complex” and “intricate” instead of rape and abuse.
When they call it “in-depth”, you know you’re in for a heavy dose of propaganda.
Why is the Kesha-Dr. Luke narrative so different from, say, the Bill Cosby narrative? They both seem to fit comfortably into the “casting couch” category, allegation wise.
We have a passing acquaintance with the “entertainment law” establishment. It exists in New York and Los Angeles in this country, and nowhere else. Talent – musical, acting, whatever – is controlled, managed and produced through this establishment. They get a piece of whatever sells and entertains the masses. The bigger the sales, the tighter the grip, precisely for the reason that a talent who dares to defy or even marginalize the role of the establishment in his or her “career” is a mortal threat to the whole enterprise, especially if the talent is high profile and successful.
Because the establishment, by itself, has no talent and nobody likes them. All they have is their grip, so it must be jealously guarded.
The judge understands:
“You’re asking the court to decimate a contract that was heavily negotiated and typical for the industry,” New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich told Kesha’s attorney Mark Geragos after hearing arguments that Dr. Luke had invested $60 million in the singer’s career, according to a brief from the Hollywood Reporter. “My instinct is to do the commercially reasonable thing.”
“I don’t understand why I have to take the extraordinary measure of granting an injunction,” the judge said, citing the lack of hospital records and other medical evidence related to Kesha’s assault allegations.
It’s good if you have hospital records and medical evidence of a sexual assault, but often you don’t. That doesn’t mean it didn’t happen, of course, but the judge has to go by proof, and to that extent we can sympathize with the judge’s position.
On the other hand, we can’t agree that “the commercially reasonable thing” can trump Kesha’s allegations. The rest of the judge’s comment implies that the judge’s real concern was protecting industry practice. Industry practice includes the casting couch, apparently, and so this whole thing becomes “complex” and “intricate”.
There’s a lot to say here, potentially. But not now.
Update: In addition to the Cosby situation, throw this into the mix: