Keke Palmer talks about her experience in the music industry and the change she wants to see.
While To talk with People magazinein an interview published online Friday, about her new album Big boss and the self-written companion film, which follows her journey within the music industry, the No actress said the #MeToo movement “didn’t happen in music, and it should.”
“Bad shit happens in all industries, of course, but especially in entertainment,” added Palmer, who has worked in Hollywood for more than two decades. “We know bad things happen in all of them, but it’s almost as if the acting world represents a union and the music industry represents a non-union.”
The #MeToo movement, which highlights sexual harassment and abuse at work, rose to prominence in 2017 after multiple allegations of sexual harassment and abuse against former film mogul Harvey Weinstein. He was later convicted in a trial in New York and Los Angeles.
“It happens in the acting world, but eventually it’s going to come to a damn halt,” said the singer. ‘Someone is calling. Something is going to happen. At some point we will come to some kind of understanding. With music, it’s like everyone gets paid and everyone is a dirty cop. So it seems that nothing will ever really come to a head.”
Discussing her personal experiences in the industry, Palmer said she’s learned to stand up for herself over time, but the “sad thing is you learn these things by being in bad situations.” It almost feels like a coming-of-age story for a woman.”
“Being a woman is like, ‘Damn, the biggest mistake you can make is trusting someone.’ Damn, I just shouldn’t have trusted anyone,” she told the outlet. “I wish we could do more, but it seems like we can’t even really expect people to respect our boundaries.”
When asked if she ever considered leaving the music industry given all the setbacks, she said, “Yes, always. All the time I thought about leaving and somehow finding myself again.