Alanis Morissette refuses to help ‘Jagged’ documentary: ‘Reductive’

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Alanis Morissette refused to attend the world premiere of the new documentary “Jagged” on Tuesday night, which examines the making of her groundbreaking 1995 mega-hit album “Jagged Little Pill”.

Director Alison Klayman’s film, which bowed at the Toronto Film Festival and aired November 19 on HBO and HBO Max, also tells of Morissette’s early years in the music industry. In the film, the singer claims to have been the victim of sexual misconduct as a 15-year-old pop star.

In a statement to USA TODAY, Morissette said she “chose not to attend any event related to this film” because she is currently on a world tour, but also “as many ‘stories’ and unauthorized biographies over the years (‘ Jagged “) has implications and facts that are simply not true. While this / my story certainly has beauty and some elements of accuracy, I will ultimately not endorse others’ reductive view of a story that is far too nuanced for them to ever grasp or tell. “

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Morissette says she “agreed to be in a movie” that will be released on Jan.

“I was lulled into a false sense of security and your lewd intent was immediately clear when I saw the first cut of the film,” explains Morissette in her statement. “I knew then that our visions were indeed painfully diverging. This wasn’t the story I was ready to tell.

USA TODAY has contacted the movie’s producers and HBO for comment.

In Jagged, Morissette talks about the sexual misconduct she believed happened as a teenager and how it “took years in therapy to even admit that there was victimization on my part. I always said,” You know? ‘I agreed …’ and then I was reminded, ‘Hey, you were 15, you disagree at 15’ Now I think, ‘Oh yeah, they’re all pedophiles. They are all legal rape. ‘ ”

In the film too, Morissette added that she had told “a few people” about the incidents, but “it fell a bit on deaf ears. It would normally be a moment when you get up and leave the room. “

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Morissette says in the film that she did not divulge “specific information” about her teenage experiences in order to protect her family, herself and “future partners”.

“A lot of people say, ‘Why did this woman wait 30 years?’ I’m like (expletive) they haven’t waited 30 years, ”says Morissette. “Nobody was listening, or their livelihoods were threatened, or their families were threatened. So yeah, the whole “why wait women”? Women don’t wait – a culture doesn’t listen. “