Singer Alanis Morissette Slams Her HBO Biopic Documentary ‘Jagged’ for having “Salacious Agenda”

LONDON, ENGLAND – MARCH 04: Alanis Morissette performs at O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire on March 04, 2020, in London, England. (Photo by Rob Ball/WireImage)

The upcoming HBO documentary Jagged will portray the Grammy-winning Canadian singer Alanis Morissette’s life and work. But after long sittings of interviews for this film, the singer herself bashed the biopic documentary seeing the first cut, claiming that she is unhappy about the untruthful diversion of the story.

The Documentary

The documentary Jagged, directed by Alison Klayman, had its world premiere at the recent Toronto International Film Festival and is set to make its debut on HBO on 19th November. The film details singer Alanis Morissette’s rise to fame, when she was in her early 20s, and concludes with the release of her bestselling album Jagged Little Pill. Currently, the 47 years old singer is in the middle of a world tour to celebrate the 25th anniversary of her Grammy-winning studio album release.

The majority of the movie is centered on Morissette’s early career in Canada, with particular emphasis on her worldwide popularity after releasing the iconic album. It also features various personalities and music critics, including Shirley Mansion, explaining the singer’s work and her importance to the music industry.

The Dismay of the Singer

Expressing her annoyance and dissatisfaction over the content of Jagged, singer Alanis Morissette uttered, “…This was not the story I agreed to tell.” She didn’t promote or support the movie in its TIFF world premiere, and according to the announcement made by her publicist, she will do the same for the film’s upcoming HBO release. Morissette claimed that she was “…lulled into a false sense of security,” and was interviewed “during a very vulnerable time” in the middle of her “third postpartum depression during the lockdown.” She also explained that, though there are some elements of beauty and accuracy in ‘her’ story portrayed by the movie, it also includes completely untrue facts and implications based on a “salacious agenda,” which ultimately had made the film highly reductive and diverged. Though it is still unclear that which part of Jagged Morissette deems untrue, speculations are there about the film’s take on the singer’s history of alleged sexual abuse in her early teen. Neither HBO nor director Klayman responded yet over Morissette’s reaction to her biopic documentary.