Chrissie Hynde Breaks Silence About Controversial Rape Remarks
Rocker Chrissie Hynde has responded to critics who attacked her for controversial remarks she made about rape victims in a U.K. newspaper article, but insists she is still not sure she regrets going public with her thoughts. The Pretenders star upset rape victims and charity officials when she opened up to The Times about her own sexual assault, blaming herself for letting a bike gang leader take her to an empty house and forcing her to perform oral sex on him.
She also suggested young women should be more responsible and dress more modestly to avoid becoming victims of rapists. As criticism was levelled at her, Hynde stayed silent but now she tells The Washington Post, “They’re entitled to say whatever they want. Do I regret saying it? I don’t know. I haven’t really thought about it.” The rocker also insisted there are more pressing news items to discuss than her thoughts on rape, adding, “If you don’t want my opinion, don’t ask me for it. At the moment, we’re in one of the worst humanitarian crises in our lifetime. (There’s that picture of) a Turkish policeman carrying the body of a three-year-old boy who got washed up on the shore (in all the world’s newspapers). These are the heartbreaking images we have and we’re talking about millions of displaced persons and people whose families have been destroyed, and we’re talking about comments that I allegedly made about girls in their underwear.” However, when Post reporter Geoff Edgers read the comments she made to The Times back to her, the “Brass in Pocket” singer added, “Most people aren’t as stupid as me… I’m not saying I was asking for it (to be raped). It wasn’t the same as walking down a street in the middle of a nice evening and somebody dragging you into a bush with a knife in your throat.”