I’m assuming this is all coming from a good place, but I have no idea what Ke$ha is talking about right now. In the wake of the Sandy Hook tragedy, her song ‘Die Young’ has been receiving limited airplay, particularly in Connecticut. That makes total sense to me. I can completely understand why members of that community and humans in general wouldn’t be okay with hearing that song, after everything that’s happened.
All that’s really required of Ke$ha at this point is to be understanding about the dip in sales and airplay and maybe issue a statement confirming what we already know — that she is not a genie who can predict the future and know that this song would one day be in poor taste following an unimaginable tragedy. But instead, Ke$ha is making it all about her, saying she was forced to sing the song. Like against her will. Okay, but I don’t think anyone is blaming you for writing or singing the song…they just don’t want it on the radio. I don’t think you need to be making statements on your Twitter like:
“I had my very own issues with “die young” for this reason. I did NOT want to sing those lyrics and I was FORCED TO.”
She later deleted the tweet, but here’s my thing: Ke$ha, if you were forced to sing it, then why are you listed as a co-writer on the album notes, along with Dr. Luke? It’s fine if you wrote it — it was released on September 25th of this year, so you clearly weren’t trying to capitalize on anything. If it had come out since Friday and she was demanding airplay for it in spite of what happened, that would be a different story. But that’s not the case. And the message doesn’t glorify what happened. It’s along the same lines as “Live today like you’ll die tomorrow.” It’s about living life to the fullest, it just struck some really unfortunate chords about people who were taken far too young.
The thing is, there have been a lot of things that have adjusted their release date to be more sensitive — movie premiers like Django Unchained and Jack Reacher that cancelled their red carpet, and TV shows that pushed episodes back to be more sensitive — but you can’t adjust a date that already happened. The song is out, and it went to #1, so clearly everyone liked it before it unfortunately became associated with the tragic events of December 14th. Let that be the end of it, Ke$ha, don’t try to tangle yourself up in a big controversy that brings you more attention. Just support the song being pulled from the radio and issue a statement. Don’t pretend like you were forced into performing a song that you co-wrote.
Like I said, I’m hoping this is all coming from a good place of sensitivity with Ke$ha, but it’s also starting to feel a little like exploitation of this tragedy and the media coverage surrounding it, which is something that we should all do our best to avoid. Myself included.
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