On the defensive

Chrissie Hynde: “If you don’t want my opinion, don’t ask me for it”

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Pretenders singer Chrissie Hynde stirred up a firestorm with comments in a recent interview in which she suggested that there are rape scenarios where women could be at fault. The controversial remarks were complicated by the fact that she survived a sexual assault at age 21, an incident for which she says she takes “full responsibility.” She has now addressed the backlash for the first time in an interview with The Washington Post — and she’s not backing down. “Do I regret saying it? I don’t know. I haven’t really thought about it,” said Hynde, adding that she doesn’t read things about herself and heard about the controversy from friends asking if she wanted to “hide at their place.” When a Post reporter read Hynde’s comments back to her, Hynde responded that this sounded like “common sense” and said of those she offended, “If you don’t want my opinion, don’t ask me for it.”

Read the full story at The Washington Post.

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