Alanis Morissette: Sexual harassment in music industry is ‘ubiquitous’

Alanis Morissette believes that a #MeToo movement is bound to take over the music industry, where, she says, sexual harassment runs rampant.

“It hasn’t even begun in the music industry,” Morissette, 45, recently told UK publication The Sunday Times. “Almost every woman in the music industry has been assaulted, harassed, raped. It’s ubiquitous — more in music, even than film.”

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

The “Ironic” singer underlined that women should be able to come forward on their own terms and excoriated the perception that some “waited” to accuse their harassers.

“First of all, they didn’t wait,” she said. “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.”

Morrissette also defended “female rage”, which she says is more important than ever.

“Female rage gets such a bad rap, but it’s part of being human,” Morissette said. “Not punching someone in the face, but anger channeled into activism or — heaven forbid — raising your voice, or saying no, or protecting your kids, or being a feminist.”

Morissette will be celebrating the 25th anniversary of her breakthrough album, “Jagged Little Pill,” in June.

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