Alanis Morissette Says It’s 'Only a Matter of Time' Before Music Industry Has Its #MeToo Movement

The singer warns of an explosion of stories

April 28, 2020

The music industry has yet to face a #MeToo reckoning like Hollywood has. In Alanis Morissette’s opinion, it’s coming.

The musician took part in a lengthy interview with the U.K.’s Sunday Times Magazine and spoke out against the abuse and misogynistic culture in music.

“Almost every woman in the music industry has been assaulted, harassed, raped,” she said. “It’s ubiquitous — more in music, even, than film. It’s just so normalized.

“Sex, drugs and rock ’n’ roll?” she added. “By definition it’s crass, sweaty and aggressive. But it’s only a matter of time before it has its own explosion of stories.”

Morissette shared her own experiences from throughout her career saying she was mistreated from “3 onwards, frankly.”

“Many things happened: sexual abuse, exploitation, financial undermining,” she added.

Using music and taking part in recovery groups helped her work through her experiences. Alanis Morissette also defended those who take their time to share their experiences.

“I mean, please. First of all, they didn’t wait. Second, they face the threat of losing their job, reputation or not being believed. At best it’s swept under the rug, at worst you are admonished or fired,” she said.

“My goal would be to take away the normalization and the structures that allow it.”

Morissette is set to celebrate the 25th anniversary of her landmark album Jagged Little Pill with an extensive North American Tour this summer. While it remains to be seen whether or not the tour will be postponed due to the COVID-19 pandemic, she’s already rescheduled dates in Australia and New Zealand for later on in the year.

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