The lead singer of the rock band The Pretenders is being battered on social media after making comments insinuating that women are sometimes responsible for their own rape.
“You know if you don’t want to entice a rapist, don’t wear high heels so you can’t run from him,” Chrissie Hynde said to The Sunday Times in an interview published Sunday. “If I’m walking around in my underwear and I’m drunk. Who else’s fault can it be?”
The singer even said she takes “full responsibility” for being sexually assaulted herself over 40 years ago at the hands of a motorcycle gang, an assault she described in her new book “Reckless: My Life as a Pretender.”
“You can’t paint yourself into a corner and then say whose brush is this?” she said. “You have to take responsibility. I mean, I was naïve.
“They’re motorcycle guys! If you play with fire you get burnt. It’s not any secret, is it?”
Hynde must’ve believed she made a valid point about personal responsibility because she asked later in the interview ““I don’t think I’m saying anything controversial am I?”
According to those on social media she did.
Chrissie Hynde, being sexually assaulted wasn’t your fault. Please don’t tell me it was mine either http://t.co/jKvtxYgCGa
— The Vagenda Team (@VagendaMagazine) August 30, 2015
People look up to Chrissie Hynde and there are women out there who will think if they get raped, it’s their own fault. Deeply irresponsible.
— Imani Gandy (@AngryBlackLady) August 30, 2015
— Cindi Benson (@cindogg88) August 30, 2015
Dear Chrissie Hynde. NOTHING ever justifies the rape or sexual assault of a woman. It’s the abusers fault only. Love. A Man.
— Antony Holt (@Hasselschmuck) August 30, 2015
— Hannah Pinnock (@HannahPinnock) August 30, 2015
— Annie (@Dennisisamenace) August 30, 2015
Some, however, took Hynde’s side.
I predict much wailing and hand-wringing today as the perpetually-offended read Chrissie Hynde’s interview in The Sunday Times. Good for her
— The Saint (@PaulRea26757994) August 30, 2015
— DearAunty (@dearaunty) August 30, 2015
Chrissie Hynde makes a good point, I should be able to leave the keys in my car without it being stolen but I cant
— Model Citizen (@MrCoxsure) August 30, 2015
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