Demi Lovato Rejects #SquadGoals as She Criticizes Taylor Swift's Support for Kesha

It doesn't look like Demi Lovato will be joining Taylor's squad anytime soon. The "Confident" singer recently took the opportunity to slam Taylor Swift for donating $250,000 to fellow pop star Kesha to help cover her legal fees for her sexual harassment lawsuit against record producer Dr. Luke.


Last Friday, a judge on the New York Supreme Court bench ruled that Kesha can't opt out of her contract with Dr. Luke (real name Lukasz Sebastian Gottwald), the industry insider who allegedly drugged her and abused her sexually on multiple occasions.

Celebs like Ariana Grande, Kelly Clarkson, and Lady Gaga all expressed their support for Kesha on social media after the verdict was read last week, but T-Swizzle is the only one (that we know about) who actually put her money where her mouth is and gave a substantial amount to help cover her legal fees.

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Lovato didn't seem to think it was enough of a gesture, and took to Twitter to share her opinion on how she thinks Taylor could really help the female empowerment movement.

Gossip site Just Jared got a screenshot of Demi's response to an Instagram user on a Swiftie fan account who criticized Lovato for her "hate."

"How the f--k am I making this about myself? At least I'm talking about it. Not everyone has 250k to just give to people. Would love to but I didn't grow up with money and def haven't made as much as her," she wrote. "At least I speak up about s--t that's uncomfortable to talk about rather than trying to be politically correct 24/7."

She also wrote, "There's no 'rivalry' I just give more f--ks than other people and would rather start a dialogue ABOUT WOMEN COMING FORWARD ABOUT BEING RAPED than throw money at one person."

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Except this isn't just any one person, it's a major pop star with a huge following. I appreciate that Demi is on #TeamKesha and is rallying the troops over social media to encourage women to stand up against abuse, but that's only part of it.

By gifting that money to Kesha, Taylor spoke with something even more powerful than words. She essentially said, I believe this person, and I believe this fight is worthwhile. She will not be silenced by colossal legal fees, because her story needs to be told. The fact that they're in the same industry makes it even more compelling.

Demi is right -- this is a topic we have to talk about. But there's more than one way to speak up and let our voices be heard, and criticizing each other for how we choose to do that isn't going to get us anywhere. 


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