Ahead of Janet Jackson’s Together Again 2023, the pop icon will be making sure the production is free of controversy. Her team is reportedly giving #MeToo checks to personnel involved in the tour.
According to Daily Mail, Jackson’s team will conduct these checks for various crew members. That will include backup dancers, members of the band, and general staff.
These kinds of checks are seemingly becoming normalized as Jackson is not the only superstar reportedly enforcing them. We previously reported that Beyoncé did similar checks with collaborators and producers on her Renaissance album prior to recording. This procedure came after a former collaborator was arrested for sexual assault in 2020.
“Janet is taking a leaf out of Beyonce’s book and is implementing #MeToo checks as she prepares for her Together Again tour,” a source revealed to the outlet. “The checks will see everyone from her dancers and band mates to crew and general staff vetted to ensure they don’t have a history of abuse. It’s not cheap to do but for Janet and those close to her, creating a safe and kind work environment is more important than profits.”
The source added that Jackson wants “a completely non-toxic working environment for all her staff and by implementing these early checks she is eradicating the risk. Janet is determined everyone working on the tour can be completely comfortable and that they are in a safe environment,” the source concluded.
Jackson announced the tour in December. She will kick off the North American leg of the tour on April 14, 2023, at Hard Rock Live in Hollywood, Florida. The tour will conclude in Seattle, Washington in June. If you want to see Janet perform live head on over to her website janetjackson.com to secure your seats!