Dr. Luke Is Going To ‘Allow’ Kesha To Perform At The Billboard Music Awards Now

After originally being barred by a contract with her record label, Kesha is now allowed to perform at the Billboard Music Awards this weekend. Kemosabe, her label, released a statement on Thursday saying that she was always allowed to perform “in good faith,” and they had only revoked their approval when they learned that she was going to use the platform to make a statement about her ongoing litigation with Dr. Luke.

After her fans and other musicians, including Lady Gaga, spoke out about the company “owning” her, Kemosabe changed their tune. That she just has to promise to be really, really good and not make any kind of statement about her current legal situation is the worst.

It’s actually kind of gross. The label wrote:

Now that Kemosabe has obtained assurances, that it is relying upon, from Kesha, her representatives and Dick Clark Productions that neither Kesha nor her supporters will use the performance as such a platform, the approval has been restored.

On some level, it’s awesome that Kesha will get to perform at all. But that she had to promise (we assume it was a pinky swear), to not make any reference to her on-going contract dispute with the label and her ex-producer Dr. Luke, whom she alleges drugged and sexually assaulted on multiple occasions, is sort of bittersweet. And it’s not just her: her supporters can’t even protest or yell mean things about him, either. Oh, well.

Kesha was planning on doing a cover of Bob Dylan’s “It Ain’t Me, Babe,” that the record label assumed was going to be a dig at the producer. Since the Sony Music subsidiary won’t release her from her contract, her career is sort of at a standstill, though she has been making special appearances on other artists’ tours, like Ben Folds this week, who is also supposed to duet with her on Sunday. According to The New York Times, a representative for Kesha has assured Dr. Luke that she won’t put him on blast during Sunday night’s show.

Hopefully though, she can find a way to reference all of this nonsense somehow, in some other way. She can’t even take the wise words of Beyoncé into account, “always stay gracious, best revenge is your paper,” because the label has sort of strong armed her into not being able to make any paper, at all, unless she works with Dr. Luke. It’s frustrating to watch. At the very least, performing and keeping it classy about the lawsuit shows that it’s all about the music for the star (which it seems to be). But you can’t pretend that it’s not absolutely out of control to essentially hold a female star hostage for claiming that her producer is an alleged dirtbag.

Free Kesha, everyone. Seriously. It’s time.