Who hasn’t heard of Alanis Morissette? Canadian musician, singer, songwriter, and actress, her song “You Outta Know” can break out at any bar, club, dance hall, or other kind of public event and every woman in the room will join each other on the dance floor singing the song to each other, with passion, anger, and hope all rolled into one.
A new documentary was released this week where Morissette maintains that multiple men had sex with her when she was only 15-years-old. Yikes!
Morissette, 47, whose 1995 debut album hit with the title “Jagged Little Pill,” makes the ominous claim in a film titled “Jagged” that premiered on Monday at the Toronto Film Festival, according to The Washington Post.
She was a young pop star in Canada, appearing on the children’s television sketch comedy “You Can’t Do That on Television” for five episodes when she was in junior high school before making it to the big time.
“About three-quarters of the way through the movie, Morissette broaches the topic of sexual abuse during her earliest years of fame,” the Post reported, adding:
“I’m going to need some help because I never talk about this,” she begins, before plunging into the topic.
“It took me years in therapy to even admit there had been any kind of victimization on my part,” she says. “I would always say I was consenting, and then I’d be reminded like ‘Hey, you were 15, you’re not consenting at 15.’ Now I’m like, ‘Oh yeah, they’re all pedophiles. It’s all statutory rape.’”
Who she is referring to remains unclear; Morissette does not name any of her alleged abusers. But she says she issued calls for help and implicates the music industry in not listening.
Morissette talked about how difficult it was to tell people in the industry about what happened to her.
“I did tell a few people and it kind of fell on deaf ears,” the singer said. “It would usually be a stand-up, walk-out-of-the-room moment.”
“You know a lot of people say ‘why did that woman wait 30 years? And I’m like f— off. They don’t wait 30 years. No one was listening or their livelihood was threatened or their family was threatened. The whole ‘why do women wait’ thing? Women don’t wait. Our culture doesn’t listen.”
The singer had a great night at the Grammy Awards in 1996, winning “Album of the Year,” “Best Female Rock Performance,” “Best Rock Album,” and “Best Rock Song.”
The film is a celebration of Morisette’s exploding career that started to soar with her very first release. “Directed by the award-winning documentarian Alison Klayman, ‘Jagged’ takes a celebratory but nuanced look at Morissette’s life, building around a lively interview at her California home,” the Post wrote.
“The movie, which The Washington Post has viewed, chronicles Morissette as she goes from dance-pop prodigy in Canada to confessional poet-musician in Los Angeles several years later. It tracks her collaboration with producer Glen Ballard on the landmark 1995 album ‘Jagged Little Pill’; the 18-month-tour that followed as Morissette achieves and deals with the travails of megastardom; and the ceilings she broke for Taylor Swift, Beyoncé and other female artists,” the outlet added.
Prior to the movie coming out, Morissette came out and said that she would not attend the premier.
“It is unclear which aspects of the film she finds problematic,” the Post wrote. “Through much of the movie, the singer-songwriter, now 47, is an enthusiastic interview subject, reflecting on her years as generational avatar. There is little material that could be considered critical of Morissette from bandmates, collaborators, old friends, pundits and others who appear. Footage of Morissette from the 1990s tour promoting ‘Jagged Little Pill’ is revealing but not incriminating.”
She obviously feels wronged by the industry and she wants to keep as much of it as she can private. At the same time, it sounds like she wants to make sure people know what happened, thinking it is probably still happening, and how the music industry may have its own #MeToo problem where young women are sexually preyed upon, and no one wants to do anything about it. She will speak when the time is right and we’ll listen.