Amanda de Cadenet on the music industry’s “MeToo” account
Amanda de Cadenet says she doesn’t think people in the music industry have behaved any differently since the MeToo movement, and she’s not sure the company will ever have its “account”.
The activist and broadcaster told Kate Thornton on White Wine Question Time she was still close to the industry, being married to Strokes guitarist Nick Valensi.
She was also married to John Taylor of Duran Duran, when she was 19 and he was 29, and has a daughter with him.
De Cadenet, who shot to fame as a teenager in the 90s when she hosted Channel 4’s late-night show Word, said, “I think people [in the music industry] are aware that they must behave differently.
“I’m not sure people behave differently. And I think the music industry has had it wrong, and I don’t know if it will, because I feel like that moment may have passed.”
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The MeToo movement was founded in 2006 by activist Tarana Burke, but rose to prominence in 2017 when a surge of women sharing their experiences on social media led to numerous high-profile sexual assault cases being exposed. publicized and long-term.
De Cadenet added, “When I look at the music industry as a whole, I think there’s still a lot of bad behavior. And what’s going to happen to that? Probably not a lot.”
She also said there was also a need to build girls’ self-esteem and spoke about her first marriage being to a musician ten years her senior when she was a teenager.
When she was 19 and pregnant with his child, de Cadenet and Taylor moved to Los Angeles, where she has lived ever since.
“While underage girls want to have sex with rock stars, it will always happen,” she said. “It’s not just about men, it’s also about how to build self-esteem in our young girls and teach them that it’s not really going to build their self-esteem one way or the other. another one ?”
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The 50-year-old told Thornton she was “grateful” for her marriage to Taylor, calling him “a truly wonderful man and husband and a great co-parent”.
She said: “I understand that, and I think maybe we’re looking at things from a different angle today, and maybe looking at things differently.”
The couple have a daughter, Atlanta, who is now 30. She also has 15-year-old twins with husband Valensi, and opened up on the podcast about how she’s been a mother for most of her adult life.
De Cadenet said seeing her teenage daughter going out to concerts on her own because she loves music so much, and seeing lots of young fans at The Strokes concerts, made her want to start an initiative for “safe spaces”. for young women and girls at concerts.
She said teenagers who attend concerts and festivals who drink or ‘ingest anything, check it out’ should be given a safe space if they feel they’ve taken too much or aren’t feeling well. .
“Let’s have a safe space,” she said, “where they can go to this festival and feel like they’re in a safe space, where they’re not going to be exploited, they’re not going to be abused or no matter.”
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