Prominent Female Artist Says She's Been Blackmailed "Numerous" Times
Although Kesha's injunction to terminate her contract with Dr. Luke after being allegedly "sexually, physically, verbally and emotionally abused" for over 10 years was denied, the case has rekindled a national conversation surrounding the sensitive topic.
In a recent interview with Rolling Stone, Claire Elise Boucher aka singer and producer Grimes was asked to share her thoughts on Kesha's lawsuit against Dr. Luke.
While she acknowledged that their situation is complicated and she doesn't know enough to really comment, she did open up about her own experiences as a female artist in a male-dominated industry. Speaking from experience, she asserted that the misogyny and sexism rampant in the music business not only make it difficult for women currently working in the industry but that it prevents more females from entering the field altogether.
"...I've been in numerous situations where male producers would literally be like, 'We won't finish the song unless you come back to my hotel room.' If I was younger or in a more financially desperate situation, maybe I would have done that. I don't think there are few female producers because women aren't interested. It's difficult for women to get in. It's a pretty hostile environment."
All too often, women are passed off for being either dramatic and emotional or attention-seeking and "asking for it." But a woman's emotional and physical well-being should never be compromised simply because these stereotypes exist. As more women speak out and stand up, however, the industry and our society are forced to face the issue upfront, which is necessary if we want to see progress.
Check out Rolling Stone's full interview with Grimes where she also discusses the follow up to Art Angles, why she loves Tool and more over at http://www.rollingstone.com/music/features/grimes-...