On the surface, the message of Jennifer Lopez's latest single, "Ain't Your Mama," is a positive one. It's a song with strong feminist undertones, and was written partly by budding pop star Meghan Trainor. The underlying problem with it is a big one, though: The song was produced by Dr. Luke, who Kesha has infamously accused of sexual and psychological abuse.
Lopez got a slew of backlash in the Twitterverse for working alongside a producer seemingly ostracized by the music industry for his purported actions. Yet according to Trainor, Lopez had no idea he was involved on the track. Therefore, the songwriter insisted Lopez doesn't deserve the criticism she's receiving.
"I texted her the song and she had no idea. She thought I did it alone by myself at my house, which a lot of people think because I do do that," she said, according to Digital Spy. "I sent it to her and said, 'Do you like the song?' and she said, 'I love the song, my kid loves the song — he's made me play it five times already so I know it's a hit. When can I cut it?' so I said immediately, 'Whenever you want!'"
The logic behind Lopez's oblivious behavior seems suspicious considering Dr. Luke is reportedly credited as a co-producer and co-writer on the track, alongside Trainor. Yet as Twitter notes, if Lopez was somehow unaware of his involvement, it seems Trainor wasn't.
Whether or not it's fair to scapegoat the likes of Lopez and Trainor for working with him is certainly a point of debate and contention. Yet if any artist who collaborates with Dr. Luke elicits a similar, overwhelmingly negative response, how long will Sony continue to work with the producer?