Ellie Goulding Commends Advances Made by the #MeToo Movement

The Impact of #MeToo on the Music Industry

Six years have passed since the eruption of the #MeToo movement, and Ellie Goulding believes it has brought about positive changes within the music realm.

Speaking on BBC Radio 4’s Today show, the renowned singer reflected on how her experiences in the music industry have transformed post-#MeToo.

Shifting Landscapes Post-#MeToo

Goulding emphasized the noticeable shift in the industry’s landscape since the movement gained momentum.

She underscored the significance of individuals speaking out about their personal stories, recognizing the prior prevalence of undisclosed incidents.

Origins and Evolution of #MeToo

The origins of the phrase “Me Too” date back to activist Tarana Burke’s use in 2006, aimed at shedding light on sexual violence and rape culture.

However, it wasn’t until 2017, amidst multiple sexual abuse allegations against Harvey Weinstein, that the term catalyzed a monumental social movement.

Realizations and Collective Experiences

For Goulding, discovering numerous similar accounts from fellow female musicians reshaped her understanding of these experiences.

She realized that what she had perceived as a “kind of currency” within the industry shouldn’t be normalized or accepted.

It became evident that this was not an isolated occurrence but a shared experience among many, contrary to what she had initially believed.

Changing Norms and Practices

The singer highlighted the unspoken expectations prevalent in her earlier experiences, particularly while collaborating with male producers.

What was once considered an almost anticipated aspect of the industry no longer holds sway.

Goulding expressed optimism about the industry’s evolution, stating that such occurrences are now rare due to the significant changes that have taken place.

Industry Adaptations and Support

Notably, Goulding highlighted proactive measures taken by her record label, Polydor, to protect younger artists.

Studio sessions now involve chaperones, and aspiring musicians have access to resources allowing them to discuss and navigate their experiences in the industry, reflecting a newfound commitment to providing a safer environment.

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