Kesha Fans Plan Another Protest, #FreeKesha Images To Be Projected Onto Face Of Sony HQ
For the third time in a month, Kesha fans who are part of the #FreeKesha movement headed by 18-year-old Care2 protest organizer Michael Eisele plan to stage another rally. This time around, Eisele and “over 100 protestors [sic] will march on Sony Music Entertainment’s New York City headquarters to deliver over 411,000 signatures from four petitions urging Sony to free Kesha from her contract with Dr. Luke,” states a press release for the event, which is scheduled for Friday, March 11, at 2 p.m.
Since the last Eisele-led protest, staged on February 26 outside Sony’s headquarters, the label’s offices have relocated in part of a planned move from 550 Madison Avenue, an area in Manhattan’s midtown, to further downtown — 25 Madison Avenue.
In addition to delivering the documentation to Sony — which is said to include a Care2 petition with over 221,900 signatures demanding Sony voluntarily release Kesha from her contract with Dr. Luke; two UltraViolet petitions with over 69,600 signatures combined; and a SumofUs petition with over 120,400 signatures — Eisele and other fans of the singer also plan to project “#FreeKesha messages onto the face of Sony’s building between 7 and 7:30 p.m.” on March 11.
Kesha is currently gridlocked in a legal battle with her producer, Dr. Luke (aka Lukasz Gottwald). On February 19, a court ruling came down from New York Supreme Court Justice Shirley Kornreich denying a preliminary injunction Kesha had been asking for to begin recording music outside of the company owned by Luke, her alleged physical and emotional abuser. Luke’s label Kemosabe Records is a joint venture with Sony, and Kesha still owes Kemosabe four more albums, per her contract.
“Sony has stopped short of leveraging its unique position as parent company to Dr. Luke’s label. Sony can do more to pressure its subsidiary to voluntarily end Kesha’s contract,” sayes Julie Mastrine, Care2’s Activism Marketing and Social Media Manager, via the press release for this week’s protest.
Eisele first held a #FreeKesha protest on February 19, outside of the New York Supreme Court while Kesha was inside for the first time on the matter.