Wendy Williams Just Victim-Blamed Kesha for Not Taping Her Own Assault -- Yes, Really

Dude. I cannot believe this woman actually went there. Talk show host Wendy Williams victim-blamed Kesha over her recent sexual assault lawsuit against producer Dr. Luke, and even suggested that abuse in the industry is quid pro quo.

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But then again, this isn't the first time Williams has shamed a woman who has stepped forward as a victim of sexual or domestic abuse. Remember when she said Camille Grammer's sexual assault story from her ex-boyfriend sounded "sketchy"? 

Yeah, this woman is a peach, all right. 

Anyway, Wendy decided to stick her opinion into the Kesha story this week, after a judge dismissed Kesha's lawsuit against her producer last Friday. Kesha claimed that Dr. Luke had drugged and raped her, and asked to be let out of her recording contract with him.

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Kesha got tons of support online from fans and her peers. Hell, even Taylor Swift donated $250,000 to help cover her legal fees. Demi Lovato said that we should take this issue further -- all the way to Capitol Hill.

Then there's Wendy Williams, who called her old, dumb, and a liar. Okay, I'm paraphrasing, but not much. Here's what she actually said:

Unfortunately business is business, and it sounds like it's fair. If everybody complained because somebody allegedly sexually abused them ... contracts would be broken all the time ... Kesha's no spring chicken. I mean she's, like, 30 years old? ... So she wasn't stupid 10 years ago and neither was her mother when the sexual abuse -- alleged sexual abuse -- started, why weren't they rolling camera on it?

Here's the video, in case you need to hear it yourself:

Apparently 30 is over the hill now, and 20-year-olds are too old to be sexually assaulted. Especially if they're in the music industry, because, you know, things would just fall apart if everyone in the recording business who was sexually abused stood up for themselves.

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Look, I honestly don't know what happened between Kesha and Dr. Luke. But I know that it takes a hell of a lot of courage for victims to come forward, especially when things like their career are on the line. We should be giving this woman the benefit of the doubt here, not telling her basically "pics or it didn't happen."

Wendy Williams's attitude toward abuse sets a horrible precedent for women feeling the overwhelming shame of abuse. It's incredibly difficult for someone to even admit that he or she has been violated, let alone come forward and seek justice. All Wendy is accomplishing here is sending victims back into hiding. And that's not doing anyone any favors. 

 

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