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    'This was not the story I agreed to tell': Furious Alanis Morissette skips premiere of 'salacious' HBO documentary that claims she was raped and says she was interviewed during a 'very vulnerable time'


    • Morissette says she did not attend the Tuesday premiere in Toronto because the film is 'not the story I agreed to tell,' and that filmmakers had a 'salacious agenda'
    • The 47-year-old singer slammed the documentary as 'reductive,' saying it contains 'implications and facts that are simply not true'
    • Morissette added that she 'won't be supporting someone else's reductive take on a story much too nuanced for them to ever grasp or tell'
    • The artist argues that she 'was lulled into a false sense of security' and taken advantage of by filmmakers whom she trusted, 'who did not warrant' her trust
    • Morissette says she's decided 'not to attend any event around' the film, which follows the build-up to her breakthrough 1995 'Jagged Little Pill' album
    • 'It's a really hard thing, I think, to see a movie made about yourself,' director Alison Klayman said in response to the star's conspicuous absence

    Alanis Morissette refused to attend the world premiere of an HBO documentary about her life on Tuesday, saying the film contains information that is 'simply not true' and that filmmakers had a 'salacious agenda' during its production.
    'This is not the story I agreed to tell,' the 47-year-old singer revealed in a statement hours before the film was set to be seen for the first time in Toronto.
    The documentary, which chronicles Morissette's rise to stardom and the making of her 1995 megahit album Jagged Little Pill, includes rape allegations made by Morissette, where the singer outlines several instances of alleged sexual assault when she was a 15-year-old performer in Canada.

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    Alanis Morissette, pictured performing at Dick Clark's New Year's Eve party in New York City, called Jagged, a documentary centered around her life and work, 'reductive and salacious'

    Morrissette, however, is unhappy with filmmakers for allegedly misrepresenting the truth, to fit their own manufactured narrative.


    'I was lulled into a false sense of security, and their salacious agenda became apparent immediately upon my seeing the first cut of the film,' the songbird said in her statement.
    'This is when I knew our visions were in fact painfully diverged.'
    Morissette went on to slam the documentary as 'reductive,' going as far as to say that the production contains 'implications and facts that are simply not true.'
    According to the statement, the singer initially agreed to participate in director Alison Klayman's doc under the assumption that it would merely celebrate the 25th anniversary of the album's release.

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    Director Alison Klayman said of the star's absence from the red-carpet premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival: 'It's a really hard thing, I think, to see a movie made about yourself'

    'I agreed to participate in a piece about the celebration of `Jagged Little Pill's 25th anniversary, and was interviewed during a very vulnerable time (while in the midst of my third postpartum depression during lockdown),' Morissette revealed.
    The singer then stated she would not endorse the Klayman-directed documentary, nor would she attend any events associated with it - including the film's premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival.
    'While there is beauty and some elements of accuracy in this/my story to be sure - I ultimately won't be supporting someone else's reductive take on a story much too nuanced for them to ever grasp or tell.'
    'I sit here now experiencing the full impact of having trusted someone who did not warrant being trusted,' Morissette said.


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    The singer and songwriter said she was interviewed for the film at a 'very vulnerable time'

    Klayman, a 37-year-old independent filmmaker and the youngest director named to the New York Times' international list of 20 Directors to Watch, largely avoided the controversy when questioned about the conspicuous absence of her film's subject at the event.
    She remarked: 'Of course, it would have been great if she could be here with us, but I'm so grateful for all the time that she did put into making this film.'
    'It's a really hard thing, I think, to see a movie made about yourself,' the director reasoned.
    'She gave so much of her time and so much of her effort into making this and I think that the movie really speaks for itself.'
    'Hopefully there will be other opportunities in the future for her to come to film events,' she told The Washington Post.

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    Klayman, a thirty-seven-year old independent filmmaker and the youngest director named to the New York Times' international list of 20 Directors to Watch, stands by the film

    Representatives for Klayman didn't immediately return requests for comment concerning the controversy.
    The documentary, which airs November 19 on HBO, includes Morissette's references to an eating disorder, in addition to her accounts of being a statutory rape victim.
    'It took me years in therapy to even admit there had been any kind of victimization on my part,' Morissette says in the film.
    'Something about me being 15, that's when I really started to be hit on. [When I was] 12, they were a little scared, 13 they were a little scared but they'd still—14, less scary, 15 all bets were off.'
    'I would always say I was consenting, and then I´d be reminded like 'Hey, you were 15, you´re not consenting at 15.' Now I´m like, 'Oh yeah, they´re all pedophiles. It´s all statutory rape.'''
    At the time of Morissette's sexual encounters, which would have happened about 1989, the age of 'nonexploitative' consent in Canada was 14.
    The Canadian government defined nonexploitative activity as something that 'does not involve prostitution or pornography, and where there is no relationship of trust, authority, or dependency between the persons involved.'
    Canada increased its age of consent to 16 in 2008.
    Morissette is currently performing her 'Jagged Little Pill' 25th anniversary tour, which continues in North America through Oct. 6 and launches in Europe on Oct. 28.

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    Well damn, this is a sad state of affairs all the way around.
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    Well I for one won't be watching because I cannot stand her voice or any of her songs, and I'm not interested in her life at all.
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    I read this story like 3 times to try to figure out just what is going on.

    It sounds - as stated in the film's interview with her - that she had sex at 15, with one or more people, and even though it was legal at the time, the power and age balance led her to conclude it was grossly exploitive and statutory rape, no matter what the laws were at the time.

    And the part about the film being reductive. I'm assuming what happened was she sat for a long, long interview, covering a lot of topics - most of which ended up on the cutting room floor, leaving just the sexual and relationship stuff. That would be disappointing, but the biggest hit track on the album is about getting dumped by some lying dude.

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    Sounds like what could have been an interesting documentary, like Once Were Brothers, turned into a long episode of Hard Copy.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MohandasKGanja View Post
    It sounds - as stated in the film's interview with her - that she had sex at 15, with one or more people, and even though it was legal at the time, the power and age balance led her to conclude it was grossly exploitive and statutory rape, no matter what the laws were at the time.
    she wrote about it in a song ('hands clean') or at least that was my take *shrugs*

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    I went to University in Ottawa during the time Alanis released her first album, everyone who grew up in the city had an Alanis story. Nothing that interesting other than that she very fame hungry at an early age. She had a twin brother and they modelled together, although mostly for just local stores. She was on You Can't Do that On Television when she was 12, it was an Ottawa production that was picked up by nickelodeon. She was the Canadian Tiffany before she released her Jagged Little Pill album. Oh, and as a teenager, she couldn't hold her liquor either, there were many stories of her barfing on people's porches.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grandknight View Post
    I went to University in Ottawa during the time Alanis released her first album, everyone who grew up in the city had an Alanis story. Nothing that interesting other than that she very fame hungry at an early age. She had a twin brother and they modelled together, although mostly for just local stores. She was on You Can't Do that On Television when she was 12, it was an Ottawa production that was picked up by nickelodeon. She was the Canadian Tiffany before she released her Jagged Little Pill album. Oh, and as a teenager, she couldn't hold her liquor either, there were many stories of her barfing on people's porches.
    Canadian Tiffany, love it! I could see that. Good take, thanks!
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    I just went to her show about a month ago. She's awesome live. My fav song is Uninvited which some folks interpret as her response to an older, forbidden man hitting on her.
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    back when she was just known as ALANIS


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    The only part of her story I am interested in is how she came up with "You Oughta Know" because it was based allegedly on Joey (Full House.) I'd love to know what in the world happened...
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    Well I loved Jagged Little Pill when it came out, no apologies for that. I do remember seeing something about her Canadian Tiffany days and that was pretty amusing. I also remember that You Oughta Know was supposedly about Full House Joey. That wasn't any big secret. The rest, I really don't know about and I really didn't follow her subsequent albums or career. Just knew she was at some point engaged to Ryan Reynolds. I'm sorry if this documentary has brought her any pain. She had one big album and in many cases that's a hard act to follow.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ivey.girl View Post
    The only part of her story I am interested in is how she came up with "You Oughta Know" because it was based allegedly on Joey (Full House.) I'd love to know what in the world happened...
    The interest around who inspired the song kind of reminds me of "You're So Vain" by Carly Simon. The greatness of both songs have been (partly) overshadowed by peoples' interest in who Simon and Morisette might be referring to. I think it's amazing when you can take that anger and despair from some personal situation and turn it into a work of art that resonates with so many people.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Grandknight View Post
    I went to University in Ottawa during the time Alanis released her first album, everyone who grew up in the city had an Alanis story. Nothing that interesting other than that she very fame hungry at an early age. She had a twin brother and they modelled together, although mostly for just local stores. She was on You Can't Do that On Television when she was 12, it was an Ottawa production that was picked up by nickelodeon. She was the Canadian Tiffany before she released her Jagged Little Pill album. Oh, and as a teenager, she couldn't hold her liquor either, there were many stories of her barfing on people's porches.
    i grew up in ottawa when i was little and then came back for university there and this is true. everyone has an alanis story and/or a tom green story. i don't have an alanis story but i did run into green in bars at least twice. he is utterly unexciting.
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    Just some other stuff from people who went to high school with her that does corroborate Alanis' narrative, she was always dating much older men, even at the age of 14, but she was always "in the business" and at 15 was recording her first album and hanging out with other singers and record executives. There was talk that she dated future Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, but I think those rumours are dubious since he was probably living in Montreal at the time (his father was at one point the Prime Minister of Canada and Justing grew up in Ottawa as well.)

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