The artist who initially won my rebellious little eleven year old heart with her breakout radio hit Tik Tok continues to amaze me with her undeniable courage, spunk, and flaming self respect. In her newest hit, Here Comes The Change, Kesha Rose Sebert makes the soundtrack to the up and coming film On The Basis of Sex, a biographical piece on Ruth Bader Ginsburg, absolutely sparkle. With a ghostly melodic harmonica straight from the 60’s and 70’s, and her heart shaped freckled face, Kesha sings her female empowerment ballad in a black-and-white classic old-movie-style music video. As she sings, she showcases different moments in the fight for women’s equality and mirrors clips from the Felicity Jones film.
This passionate pro-woman ballad extends beyond a major motion picture, however; Kesha herself is a victim of the exact type of human rights disaster that the Notorious RBG continues to fight so passionately for; Kesha’s sexual abuse case was tossed, and the accused continues to work in the industry, though he no longer profits from any future work she produces. Her first album in freedom, Rainbow, is on its own a feminist masterpiece, and now, Here Comes The Change follows in its powerful vibrancy. In the few clips we have from the film trailers, we receive a sneak peak of a scene where a man argues with a young RBG, spatting that, “the word ‘woman’ does not appear even once in the constitution”. She responds with, “Neither does the word freedom.” To this day, in 2018, the word “woman” still does not mean much to certain legal and political professionals; Brock Turner was sentenced to 6 months for sexually assaulting a woman behind a dumpster, it took over 160 women to put one Larry Nassar in prison, and despite a plethora of people willing to come forward and testify against her abuser, Dr. Christine Blasey Ford’s case was tossed out live, on morning television.
Tomorrow, November 6, 2018, is election day in the United States. Collegiettes, please vote for the positive change women like Kesha and RBG and you and I so desperately need.