Sorry, not sorry.
Chrissie Hynde refuses to apologize to feminists over August 30 comments, in which she said women who dress provocatively and then get drunk should take some responsibility if they are sexually assaulted. Now, the singer is taking on pop music’s provocative stars for creating a culture of pornography.
During a Monday interview on BBC’s “Woman’s Hour,” the former Pretenders front woman compared modern pop singers to sex workers and said they are responsible for sending society the wrong messages about sex.
“I don’t think sexual assault is a gender issue as such, I think it’s very much it’s all around us now,” she said, according to The Daily Mail. “It’s provoked by this pornography culture, it’s provoked by pop stars who call themselves feminists.”
“Maybe they’re feminists on behalf of prostitutes — but they are no feminists on behalf of music, if they are selling their music by bumping and grinding and wearing their underwear in videos,” said Hynde. “That’s a kind of feminism — but, you know, you’re a sex worker is what you are.”
“I would say those women are responsible for a great deal of damage,” concluded Hynde.
The “Brass in Pocket” singer drew the ire of the internet a week ago for allegedly victim-blaming women who dress provocatively and consume alcohol prior to being sexually assaulted.
Recalling her own experiences, Hynde said, “If I’m walking around in my underwear and I’m drunk? Who else’s fault can it be?”
“If I’m walking around and I’m very modestly dressed and I’m keeping to myself and someone attacks me, then I’d say that’s his fault. But if I’m being very lairy and putting it about and being provocative, then you are enticing someone who’s already unhinged – don’t do that.”
“Come on! That’s just common sense. You know, if you don’t want to entice a rapist, don’t wear high heels so you can’t run from him. If you’re wearing something that says ‘Come and f*** me’, you’d better be good on your feet … I don’t think I’m saying anything controversial am I?”
The Daily Mail reports On Monday the 64-year-old stood behind the comments, saying, “If you are in a park and someone drags you in a bush and rapes you, clearly … you are a victim. If you’re provoking someone … you know you need to be very careful who you are provoking.”
“I was only talking about my own situation, saying I was being a bit reckless to be there, but I was too off my head to take responsibility,” said Hynde.