Alanis Morissette Condemns 'Jagged' Documentary's "Salacious Agenda"
The singer-songwriter says she was "lulled into a false sense of security" by HBO and director Alison Klayman
Published Sep 14, 2021Alanis Morissette has spoken out on why she's unhappy with Jagged, the new Alison Klayman-directed HBO documentary made for the 25th anniversary of her landmark album Jagged Little Pill.
According to a statement obtained by Deadline, she's upset over the film's "salacious agenda," which "became apparent immediately upon [her] seeing the first cut of the film."
The biopic is set to have its official premiere at Roy Thompson Hall tonight as a part of TIFF 2021, but Morissette will not be attending — despite currently being on a small break from her tour with Liz Phair and Garbage, which is now skipping Canada. In the statement, she explained that she "ultimately will not be supporting someone else's reductive take."
She went on to accuse the filmmakers of having lulled her "into a false sense of security," as well as interviewing her when she was in the midst of postpartum depression during lockdown, which she called a "very vulnerable time."
As previously reported, there are Jagged interview segments wherein Morissette details harrowing early experiences in the music industry and says she was a victim of statutory rape.
However, the artist is now warning that the documentary "includes implications and facts that are simply not true." The Canadian icon is adamant that whatever version of events the film depicts is "not the story [she] agreed to tell."
Read the full statement from Morissette below.
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). 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. this is when i knew our visions were in fact painfully diverged. this was not the story i agreed to tell. i sit here now experiencing the full impact of having trusted someone who did not warrant being trusted. i have chosen not to attend any event around this movie for two reasons: one is that i am on tour right now. the other is that, not unlike many "stories" and unauthorized biographies out there over the years, this one includes implications and facts that are simply not true. 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.