Alanis Morissette has pulled out of a performance at the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame, citing an “anti-woman sentiment” in the music industry.
The ceremony took place on November 5th, with Carly Simon set to be inducted. The performer couldn’t make it, so organisers planned for Olivia Rodrigo and Alanis Morissette to duet on her classic song ‘You’re So Vain’.
Alanis Morissette withdrew from the event, with Olivia Rodrigo performing ‘You’re So Vain’ without her.
The move was unannounced, with Alanis then posting a statement to her Instagram Stories to pre-empt “mis-guided rumblings”, as she puts it.
In the statement, she makes clear that her issue isn’t with Carly Simon – or any other woman being inducted – but the patriarchal nature of the music industry itself.
“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,” she wrote.
“I tolerated it because nothing would stop me from connecting with those whom I cared about and resonated with,” she continued. “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.”
Continuing, Alanis Morissette re-affirmed that she is “at a point in my life where there is no need for me to spend time in an environment that reduces women.”
She continued: “I have had countless incredible experiences with production teams with all genders throughout my life. So many, and so fun. There is nothing better than a team of diverse people coming together with one mission. I’ll continue to show up in those environments with bells on.”
Find the statement in full below.
Alanis Morissette’s most recent studio album ‘The Storm Before The Calm’ was released in 2022.