On Tuesday, March 14th, Refinery29’s Amy Emmerich was joined by recording artist and songwriter Kesha for a keynote talk on online harassment at the South by Southwest Conference in Austin. The discussion was one of the highlights of SXSW so far and we were thrilled to be there.
Hack Harassment is proud to have Kesha as an advocate for this cause. Earlier this year, we released our first Public Service Announcement (PSA) featuring Kesha to raise awareness of online harassment; it’s real-life impact and everyone’s responsibility to speak up against it.
She has dealt with serious online abuse in recent years and revealed that this has made using social media very difficult for her. “I use the Internet to connect with my fans, but besides that, It’s not a really healthy place for me,” she said. Kesha discussed limiting herself in the past when reading comments because she would gravitate towards negative comments, no matter how many positive ones she would see. Check out her PSA on these issues if you haven’t seen it.
Kesha stated that in the past she was making people she never met her higher power. “The internet shouldn’t be a place that makes us feel unsafe.” Social media should be a place where everyone — regardless of their identity — should be respected and free from harassment. Join Kesha as we work for a kinder and more inclusive internet, by signing the Hack Harassment Pledge!