Pop musician Grimes attacks sexism in the industry
"Canadian musician Grimes has criticised sexism and disrespect in the music industry and said she is taking a break from her career because she doesn’t want "to have to compromise my morals in order to make a living".
Grimes, who is 25, achieved critical acclaim with her third album Visions, released last year. In a 600-word statement posted on her Tumblr account last night, Grimes wrote about her experiences of being molested and judged on her body.
She also commented on men who have patronised her professionally, writing: “I’m tired of men who aren’t professional or even accomplished musicians continually offering to ‘help me out’ (without being asked), as if i did this by accident and i’m gonna flounder without them”[sic].
Grimes added that her comments weren’t aimed at all men, writing she was “sad that my desire to be treated as an equal and as a human being is interpreted as hatred of men, rather than a request to be included and respected”.
The singer posted two dictionary definitions for the words “waif” and “cute” - words that are often applied to her – suggesting they mean “homeless” and “sexually attractive”.
Grimes concluded by saying that she had “the best job in the world” but was tired of being disrepected and that she was “taking the time to overhaul everything” now that her tour and album promotional cycle was over.
Last summer RnB musician Nicki Minaj was recorded discussing a lack of respect in the industry, saying that women had to be “a beast” to be treated fairly as a musician. She said: “When I am assertive, I’m a bitch. When a man is assertive, he’s a boss.”“