As part of her five-year-long legal battle against her producer Dr. Luke, Kesha has recently released a series of emails alluding to the emotional and mental abuse she's endured during her recording contract with the producer Sony. One particular email obtained by the New York Post, claims that Dr. Luke criticized the singer for breaking a juice cleanse by drinking Diet Coke and eating turkey. (For the record, juice cleanses aren't all that great, and turkey is totally healthy.)
It's been a year since a Manhattan judge ruled that Kesha had to stick to her contract with Sony and Dr. Luke, despite claims that Dr. Luke raped her and called her a "fat f***ing refrigerator." The "We R Who We R" singer is asking the judge to reconsider, by bringing forward more evidence.
The emails show a conflicting conversation between Dr. Luke and Kesha's manager Monica Cornia after Kesha claimed that the producer wasn't being sensitive to her eating disorder—something she has been very open and honest about in the past.
Dr. Luke then allegedly defends himself writing, "Nobody was calling anybody out. We were having a discussion on how she can be more disciplined with her diet. There have been many times we have all witnessed her breaking her diet plan. This particular time, it happened to be diet coke and turkey while on an all juice fast."
The emails continue to show Cornia asking Dr. Luke to be more understanding, saying that Kesha is "a human and not a machine" and that, "if she were a machine that would be way cool and we could do whatever we want." Um, definitely not cool.
Another message allegedly shows Dr. Luke writing that, "A-list songwriters and producers are reluctant to give Kesha their songs because of her weight."
Dr. Luke's lawyer has since reacted to these e-mails in a statement released to The Rolling Stone: "Kesha and her attorneys continue to mislead by refusing to disclose the larger record of evidence, showing the bad faith of Kesha Sebert and her representatives, which is greatly damaging to them. It also shows the tremendous support that Dr. Luke provided Kesha regarding artistic and personal issues, including Kesha's own concerns over her weight."
Regardless of whatever Dr. Luke's real intentions may have been, body-shaming at any level is simply not acceptable. What Kesha chooses to do with her body is a personal choice that shouldn't warrant any judgment. Seemingly harmless comments can have a huge impact on a person's self-esteem and self-worth, which is why it's important to choose your words carefully while addressing another person's body—or better yet, just don't say anything at all.