Canadian singer Alanis Morissette struck Gejot, the HBO documentary about her life and career that is currently playing this year Toronto International Film Festival, calling it “salacious” and “just not true.”
The 47-year-old Ottawa-born musician released a statement on Tuesday, outlining her thoughts on the film and telling the network that she believed the final product was something different, rather than a look at her iconic 1995 album, Jagged Little Pill, and how it started her career.
“I agreed to participate in a piece about the fire Jagged Little Pillis 25th anniversary, and was interviewed during a very vulnerable time (during my third postpartum depression during the lockdown), “Morissette wrote in the statement.
“I was invited into a false sense of security and their salvageable agenda was immediately revealed when I saw the first cut of the film. This is when I knew our visions were actually painfully divergent. This was not the story I was telling. agreed to say.
(Morissette and her husband, Mario “Souleye” Treadway, have three children: son Ever Imre, 10, and Winter Mercy, 21 months, and daughter Onyx Solace, 4.)
Morissette starred in the film, directed by Alison Klayman (Ai Weiwei: Ni Sorry), sat for long interviews. The singer said she would not participate in a promotion for the doctor.
“I’m sitting here now experiencing the full impact of having a trust that is not guaranteed to be trusted,” she said. “I chose not to participate in any events surrounding this film for two reasons: one is that I am currently on tour. The other is that, unlike many ‘stories’ and illicit biographies out there over the years, these implications and Contains facts that are simply not true.
Morissette did not mention her problems Gejot, which was slated to premiere on HBO on November 19th. His most sensitive material includes Morissette discussing sexual encounters when she was 15, which she calls legal rape. The Washington Post previously reported on that section of the film.
“It took me years in therapy to even admit that there was any victim on my part,” Morissette says in the film. “I would always say I agree, and then I would remember ‘Hey, you were 15, you disagree at 15.’ Now I’m like, ‘Oh yeah, they’re all pedophiles. It’s all legal rape. “
Canada’s consent age is 16 years old since 2008. A person under 18 years of age may not agree if the sexual activity with a person with authority is over them. Adolescents 14 or 15 years of age may agree to inexperienced sexual activity if the age difference is not more than five years. Prior to 2008, the age of consent was 14. Morissette does not go into detail with whom the meetings were held.
Representatives for Klayman on Tuesday did not immediately return requests for comment.
“It’s a really hard thing, I think, to see a movie about yourself,” Klayman told TIFF. “I think she was incredibly courageous and the reaction when she saw it was that it was real – she could feel all the work, all the nuances that came in. And again, she took so much of her time and so on. much of their effort goes into doing this and I think the film really speaks for itself.
Morissette is currently on tour and is scheduled to perform Wednesday in Cincinnati, Ohio.
“Even if there is beauty in some elements of accuracy in this / my story to be sure – I will ultimately not support anyone else’s reductive take on a story that is far too nuanced for them to ever comprehend or tell.” , said de Morissette.
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– With files from the Associated Press
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