Canadian singer Alanis Morissette discussed how her international debut album Jagged Little Pill — which went 16-times platinum in the U.S. — is relevant now more than ever, thanks to the #MeToo era.
“I see anger as this gorgeous life force. It’s actually one of my favourite feelings because it’s a catalyst,” Morissette said at the Vanity Fair New Establishment Summit. “The destructive version of anger gets such a bad rap—the destructive acting out and lack of maturity and inability to contain it gets the bad rap.”
“And our traumas can create so many different personality disorders to the point where the empathy is gone, the curiosity is gone,” she continued. “Those are the first things to go and connect us as human beings… this disconnect with ourselves and each other is becoming normalized, to the point where our health is being affected. Our wellbeing.”
This sentiment from the 44-year-old artist arguably hit hardest: “A lot of us are anxious and depressed. And it’s no wonder that we are.”
“We live in a culture where our value system — it used to be that you had to be a millionaire,” continued Morissette. “Now you have to be a billionaire. You gotta look good forever. In the ’60s and ’70s, it used to be that fame was a means to an end — to serve, to be an activist — and now fame just is the end. So now fame, perpetual youth, and billionaire-ism seem to be the three main priorities of our value system.”
“There is a negative effect to that,” she expressed. “We’re feeling it in our bodies. We’re feeling it in our relationships. We’re feeling it as we speak.”
Discussing the #MeToo movement, in particular, Morissette said, “I love that the conversation is being opened up in different contexts. It’s a really exciting time to be alive.”
Jagged Little Pill has been turned into a jukebox musical with a book by Oscar-winning screenwriter Diablo Cody.