So I’m getting kind of annoyed at the Ke$ha post I see everyone on my dash reblogging.

I think y’all might need a reminder about why I, and other, have a very valid reason to dislike her. It honestly has nothing to do with her music (which just isn’t in my wheelhouse) or her intelligence (she is actually really intelligent). No use in having much more exposition so let’s get into it:

Let’s start with an excerpt from an interview she did with the Advocate

“I am a huge fan of the transgender community. I am so not a proper, good female. I can’t dance in high heels and I’m just so not girly, but then I see these men with these banging bodies, dancing in heels, singing, and having so much fun with so much make-up on. That makes me honestly want to be a better woman. It is so fascinating that someone can commit their whole entire lifestyle to being such a fantastic woman when I’m such a bum about it.’”

Yeah thanks for being a “fan” — what the hell does that even mean? — of us, but maybe you shouldn’t misgender us or conflate drag performers with trans women (note: the two of us do intersect, but not anywhere close to 100%). It also plays into the dangerous trans-exclusive (or it’s “not transphobic, but…” cousin, trans-critical) notion that trans* people, specifically trans women, seek perpetuate and worship restrictive gender roles and stereotypes. It’s been used to harm us from comedy sketches to feminist marches.

So… That’s just one slip up, right? Nothing to condemn her over, even though it is problematic. (Quickly puts on Ron Popeil mask) But wait, there’s more! In her song “Grow a Pear” where she complains about “weak” men who “act like chicks,” she also comments that she “… just can’t date a dude with a vag”

Okay, but you’re cis and maybe you don’t care about what she has to say about trans* people. Okay, maybe racism and her use of cultural appropriation in her performances will get you to listen. How about her outfit at Bamboozle in 2010, which was described as “psuedo-patriotic costume of a feather headdress, aviator sunglasses, and the American flag”, so not only is she appropriating the headdress, she is pairing it with the very flag that destroyed those people.

If you go through that link, it’ll give you a number of more examples of how Ke$ha has appropriated various Native American cultures, for example in her music video of Your Love is My Drug. She also used a headdress on a performance on American Idol. On national tv.

So, I’ll end this post now, since it’s getting rather lengthy, but I recommend doing some more googling, because I didn’t cover everything. The point of this is, there are some seriously legitimate reasons to dislike her. I understand defending her from shallow misogynistic attacks, but let’s not make her out to be a saint.

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    She’s also made rape jokes/trivialized rape in the past. And some of her practices to highlight sexism/objectification...
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    You know, I bet if we met her in person we would get along a lot better then we would if we judged her based on songs...
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    Interesting.
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