Grimes has posted a new note to fans, tackling issues such as sexism, the structure of the music industry and more.
Grimes - real name Claire Boucher - has been forced to make some enormous adjustments in her life. After years of underground success, the 4AD backed album 'Visions' found the Canadian artist thrust into the limelight.
Playing shows across the globe, the songwriter was pushed to the limit. With the tour now winding down, Grimes has time to reflect on the changes in her life, forcing her to sharpen her opinions in the process.
Penning a note to fans, the statement begins: "i dont want my words to be taken out of context". Grimes then states "i dont want to be infantilized because i refuse to be sexualized" before adding: "i dont want to be molested at shows or on the street by people who perceive me as an object that exists for their personal satisfaction".
However the Canadian artist is also disturbed by rather more subtle, insidious examples of sexism. "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. or as if the fact that I’m a woman makes me incapable of using technology. I have never seen this kind of thing happen to any of my male peers".
The entire note is well worth reading - and we are loathe to take her words out of context. At one point, Grimes adds a qualifier, asserting that her rejection of sexist behaviour does not equate to a hatred of men: "I’m 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 (I have four brothers and many male best friends and a dad and i promise i do not hate men at all, nor do i believe that all men are sexist or that all men behave in the ways described above)".
Read the full note HERE.
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