Saturday, January 4, 2014

Vertigo Shtick Statement on Ke$ha, Eating Disorders, Dr. Luke, Rehab and Refrigerators

As some of Ke$ha's most ardent critical champions and devout personal fans, we at Vertigo Shtick were troubled by the news of her recent admission to a rehab facility for treatment an eating disorder. While obviously concerned for her well-being, we are glad that she is getting help.

While eating disorders, like addiction, can happen to anyone, it's encouraging that Ke$ha and those close to her have been sharp enough to recognize and address the problem before it could ravage her physically and mentally beyond full repair. As someone who once declared (admiringly) that she was a surprisingly hefty gal after first seeing her live, and whose favorite bit of the "Crazy Kids" video is when her milkshake brings all the boys to the yard, I did notice how dramatically different her body appeared in the music video for her Pitbull collab, "Timber," released in late November. It certainly didn't look like the Ke$ha I knew and loved.

Needless to say, all of us at The Ke$ha Project here on Vertigo Shtick will be wishing her a successful recovery and return to health. We know she'll be on total cyber-lockdown for the duration of her 30-day stay at the Timberline Knolls Residential Treatment Facility, also known as the place that got Demi Lovato all cleaned up (and she's now flashing that fat X Factor cash, which is promising for Ke$ha who has about three times her talent). We look forward to Ke$ha's back-from-rehab single, perhaps titled "Can't Stop This Party" or something similarly triumphant and revelrous and hopefully sounding nothing like "Skyscraper."

One final note: in light of the recent online campaign to "Free Ke$ha from Dr. Luke" (which I like to think to some extent has its roots here), and some rather damning gossip suggesting Ke$ha's eating disorder may be linked to her ongoing semi-public conflict with Dr. Luke, it might be tempting to overreact and excoriate the producer for personally and directly inflicting this all on her and otherwise generally losing one's shit. The strength of the creative freedom movement is its blunt, simple, and reasonable understanding and explication of the issue at stake (well if somewhat idealistically delineated in the movement's online petition).

Like a little much:

Ke$ha does need to be freed from Dr. Luke's control (she is signed with his label, Kemosabe), just as many artists over the years have found it necessary to break contracts with labels that actively stifle their careers. The (alleged) fact that he called her a "fucking refrigerator" really has nothing to do with it - it just makes him an asshole. I have no qualms about calling Dr. Luke out on being an asshole. I just wouldn't want the Free Ke$ha movement's fight to be muddied by Little Monster-like hyperbole and shifting from righteous outrage, which has power, to hysteria, which has none.

Since I haven't done one in a long while, I'll close with another selection from Ke$ha's vast and monumental unreleased library that The Ke$ha Project originally launched to share with the world - and I promise to resume that effort on a regular basis, as Vertigo Shtick's contribution to the movement. Keep it up, Animals. We're onto a winner.

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