Inspired by personal experiences with sexual assault, Courtney Stodden releases new single 'Me Too'

Inspired by personal experiences with sexual assault, Courtney Stodden releases new single 'Me Too'
(L-R) Courtney Stodden and Bethenny Frankel (Source: Getty Images)

Music is the outlet for pain. It is a means of empowerment. It is a platform for awareness. For 23-year-old musician and former ‘Celebrity Big Brother’ star Courtney Stodden music is all those things. Inspired by her personal experiences with sexual assault, she has released a powerful new single called 'Me too'.

She tweeted: “#metoo single now available on iTunes and Spotify! It’s an honest look at my own personal experiences with sexual assault at such a young age. I have a voice. And so do you! Comment #metoo if you’ve shared a similar experience bc misogyny is out of style.”

The soft, slow melody is accompanied with extremely powerful and vulnerable lyrics. She sings:

“There’s no escaping uneasy energy/Misyogny is out of style/There’s been a breakthrough/Now all I wear is a smile/We’re stronger than they ever knew.”

“Me too/Me too/Me too/Me too/Only caring about himself/Intimidation will work well/I was left overpowered.”

Courtney married 51-year-old Doug Hutchison at just 16 in 2011. They spilt up temporarily in 2013 but got back together nine months later. In 2016 they decided to file for divorce.

In March, Courtney was a guest on the ‘Tomorrow Show with Keven Undergaro.’ It was here that she opened up about her encounters with sexual assault during her temporary break with Hutchison. Undergaro and Courtney also spoke about the #MeToo movement that inspired that title of her song.

“At that age — I was only 19 when my first experience happened,” she said. “I didn’t really think it was wrong, which is the crazy part. I felt like, ‘Okay, well that’s how sex is.’”
“You know, I only had sex with one man before that — that was Doug,” she continued. “So gentle, not to get explicit. But I was like, ‘Okay, well maybe that’s just a rough way of going on a date.’ I really didn’t realize it was sexual abuse until I started hearing these women talking. It wasn’t until #MeToo started that I was like, ‘Wow, maybe that wasn’t okay.’ ”

“It’s really a sad thing, but it happens all the time,” she added. “But I am definitely happy that anybody who is a victim of #MeToo is getting heard.”

Multiple sexual assault allegations against Harvey Weinstein last year kickstarted the #MeToo movement, a global movement against sexual assault and harassment particularly in the workplace. Courtney’s new single titled after the movement showcases how important a tool music has become in telling stories that need to be heard.


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