Rocker stirs up a hornet’s nest saying women have some responsibility for being raped

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.

Some, however, took Hynde’s side.


Carmine Sabia Jr started his own professional wrestling business at age 18 and went on to become a real estate investor. Currently he is a pundit who covers political news and current events.
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