Chrissie Hynde’s already been criticized once for the victim-blaming comments she made in an interview about her recently released memoir, Reckless: My Life As A Pretender, and it’s hard to see how she won’t come under fire again for some new things she said to ABC News.
After reiterating her earlier comments once again — “I think that women who dress provocatively are asking for something. They’re asking for some sort of…why do you dress provocatively?” — Hynde was asked about pop music today in relation to that and had this to say:
To me, it’s pornographic, yeah, when you’re in your underwear and you’re bumping and grinding and singing your song. I’m not trying to criticize other women, I’m just saying if you’re selling it through sex, then don’t say you’re a feminist on behalf of music. Because I think little girls get very confused by that.
At least she didn’t name any names! Hynde’s far from the first older musician to cast current pop culture in this kind of negative light — hello, Sinead O’Connor — but that, coupled with her earlier comments about sexual assault, certainly don’t sit well.
Hynde’s memoir, Reckless: My Life As a Pretender, is out now.