“I was speechless,” admits songwriter Tori Amos during our recent webcam chat (watch above) when asked about her reaction to seeing the Netflix documentary “Audrie & Daisy” for the first time. The film by the husband-and-wife team Bonni Cohen and Jon Shenk examines the devastating effects of cyber bulling on teenage sexual assault victims by recounting the experiences of two girls. “It’s a tough film,” the eight-time Grammy nominee acknowledges, “but it’s a must watch.”
After being assaulted in separate incidents, Audrie and Daisy were subject to harassment from their peers via social media. Amos, best known for her albums ‘Under the Pink’ and ‘To Venus and Back,’ was haunted by the fact that in both cases the young men, “didn’t understand that this was abuse.”
She divulges that the song’s title, ‘Flicker,’ came from the idea that, “some lights are extinguished before they have time to burn brightly.” In the case of Audrie, who tragically committed suicide, “her light flickered out.” For Daisy, who fought her attackers in court despite resistance from the community, “she has found and ignited her spark.”
Amos hopes that the film will ignite a national conversation. “These are our kids doing things to our kids,” she explains. “It’s now permeated into our high schools, and it’s in our middle schools now. So clearly, we’re failing as grownups, because we’re not addressing it.”
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