Keke Palmer says that the #MeToo movement needs to come for the music industry. She discussed her experiences with sexism in the business for a new interview with PEOPLE, ahead of her next album, Big Boss. While she admits bad things are happening everywhere, the music industry has it worse than any industry.
"We know bad things happen in all of them, but it's almost like the acting world represents a union and the music industry represents non-union," the Nope actor began. "It's happening in the actor world but eventually, it's going to come to a damn halt. Somebody's going to get called out. Something's going to happen. At some point, we're going to come to some kind of understanding. "
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Keke Palmer At The U.K. Premiere Of "Nope"
She continued: "With music, it's like everybody is being paid, and everybody's a crooked cop. So, it seems like nothing will ever really come to a head." Palmer says that women have to learn to stand up for themselves from "being in bad situations." She added: "It almost feels like it's a coming-of-age story for a woman."
"Being a woman is like, 'Damn, the biggest mistake you can make is trusting somebody.' Damn, I just shouldn't have trusted someone?" she explained. "I wish that there was more that we could do, but it seems like we can't even really expect for people to respect our boundaries." Palmer noted that she's nearly left the music industry entirely but seems to always "somehow find herself back again."
The origin of the MeToo movement traces back to sexual assault victim and activist Tarana Burke on MySpace in 2006. The phrase was started to raise awareness about abuse, harassment, and rape culture. It became a viral hashtag in 2017 as countless women came forward to expose predatory behavior in Hollywood.
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