Artists discuss the dark side of the music industry

Alanis Morissette criticizes "environment that reduces women" after skipping Rock & Roll Hall of Fame performance

Stars Insider

08/11/22 | StarsInsider

MUSIC Industry secrets

It's a dream shared by millions around the world: become a world-famous musician. Who hasn't turned on the TV, seen an iconic performance, and wished they were in that position? Well, you might soon be relieved that you're watching from the other side of the stage. The music industry is rife with shady business and unspoken hardships.

Alanis Morissette provided a grim insight into the industry after "mis-informed rumblings" went around about her absence at The Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony on November 5 where she was slated to perform inductee Carly Simon's 'You're So Vain' with Olivia Rodrigo. Two days later, the Canadian singer shared a statement on her Instagram, beginning first with her admiration for the women at the ceremony before diving into the dark side. 

"I have spent decades in an industry that is rife with an overarching anti-woman sentiment and have tolerated a lot of condescension and disrespectfulness, reduction, dismissiveness, contract-breaching, unsupportiveness, exploitation and psychological violence (and more) throughout my career," Morissette wrote. "I tolerated it because nothing would stop me from connecting with those whom I cared about and resonated with. I live to serve and connect with people and so over the years I sucked it up on more occasions than I can count in order to do so. It’s hard not to be affected in any industry around the world, but Hollywood has been notorious for its disrespect of the feminine in all of us."

She continued, "Thankfully, I am at a point in my life where there is no need for me to spend time in an environment that reduces women." She clarified that she's had great experiences "with production teams with all genders" and "diverse people coming together with one mission," but emphasized that she will only be showing up to those kinds of environments "with bells on" in the future. 

And that's just the tip of the iceberg. Click through this gallery to discover the dark side of the music industry.

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