Kesha's Story & the Movement to End Bullying for Good

10/29/2016 by Michaela Shelton

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As a victim of bullying at a young age, National Bullying Prevention month is an observance I am passionate about. Many people of all ages are bullied in various forms. Sometimes they are able to overcome this horrendous treatment, but many times they are not. Therefore, it is important to me that people are educated on the detrimental effects of bullying.

When I was younger, I would constantly be bullied by my peers. From age 10 to about age 16, I was made fun of for being “too dark”, “too skinny” and “too tall,” so I can feel for people being verbally abused on a regular basis. Luckily I was able to get a therapist and join a girls group that helped me express myself and gain self-esteem. I want people to understand that there are resources out there and they should never be ashamed to take advantage of them. If you know anyone who is being bullied whether it be in the workplace, at home or in a relationship, please encourage them to get help before it is too late.

Singer/songwriter Kesha is a recent victim of bullying. In an interview with New York Times Magazine published last week (read the entire story here, she explained details of her musical journey. In 2014, Kesha claims that her producer, Dr. Luke, drugged, raped and emotionally abused her. Hours later, he countersued her for breach of contract and defamation. Earlier this year, a judge in New York denied her request to terminate her recording contract.  After the ruling, many fans and celebrities showed their support by chanting and spreading the hashtag “Free Kesha” throughout social media. Months later, Kesha has recorded 22 songs that are ready to be polished and released, but she currently remains in limbo.

In an excerpt from Kesha’s interview with New York Times Magazine, author Taffy Brodesser-Akner explains the verbal abuse that she endured: “Luke became verbally abusive to her, that he called her a ‘fat [expletive] refrigerator’ and criticized her weight in front of people. She told me ‘I was under immense pressure to starve myself... and I tried to and almost killed myself in the process’”. By the end of 2013, Kesha was stressed out, insecure and dealing with an eating disorder. In early 2014, she took the first step to recovery and checked herself into a treatment center that specializes in eating disorders.

I wanted to spread awareness of Kesha’s story, so people interested in working in the entertainment industry are aware of the possibilities. This treatment happens to aspiring artists often, because a chance at fame seems like “a once in a lifetime opportunity” so people put their pride aside and put up with foul treatment. However, I want everyone to know that if you are talented, talent will prevail. Waiting for another opportunity or choosing a different path, is much smarter than staying in a situation that could lead to health problems, depression and extortion.

Another example of someone who experienced relentless bullying is Lizzie Velasquez, who was born with a rare congenital disease called Neonatal Progeroid Syndrome.  She is a motivational speaker who was dubbed the ugliest woman in the world in a YouTube Video posted in 2006. Since finding this video, Velasquez speaks out against bullying and shares personal stories and advice to motivate others. A Documentary about Velasquez titled A Brave Heart: The Lizzie Velasquez Story debuted on Lifetime earlier this month.

For more information about bullying and ways to prevent it, recognize it, and cope, please visit https://www.stopbullying.gov/.

 

Michaela Shelton is the Chief Lifestyle Editor of CSuiteMusic
Read more stories by Michaela  at her blog www.darealmichaela1.com

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