Where a simple, understated apology probably would have done the trick, Kesha seems to have gotten herself in quite a spin over the issue of her single ‘Die Young’ being pulled from radio stations in the wake of the Newtown shootings. To briefly recap, after 26 people (20 of whom were young school children) were killed by a gunman at an elementary school in Connecticut on Friday December 14, 2012. Ke$ha’s sngle ‘Die Young’ was withdrawn from radio stations, so as not to offend people affected by the tragedy.
Ke$ha’s initial response was to say that she had been ‘forced’ to sing the lyrics. She made the statement via Twitter, a medium of communication cursed, in this instance, by its 140 character limit. Having stated that she was concerned about singing the lyrics to Die Young, in fear of an event like this, Kesha’s comments were met, by many, with an arched eyebrow and an air of disbelief. Forced to sing the lyrics? That seemed hard to believe.
On December 20, Kesha decided that she needed a little more than 140 characters to explain herself properly and posted a message on her website. “After such a tragic event I was feeling a lot of emotion and sadness when I said I was forced to sing some of the lyrics to Die Young,” read the statement. “Forced is not the right word. I did have some concerns about the phrase ‘die young’ in the chorus when we were writing the lyrics especially because so many of my fans are young and that's one reason why I wrote so many versions of this song. But the point of the song is the importance of living every day to the fullest and staying young at heart, and these are things I truly believe.” Next time you have a sensitive issue to address, may we suggest that Twitter possibly isn’t the best place to do so, Ke$ha?