Chrissie Hynde moves to clarify controversial remarks about sexual abuse victims

Pretenders singer did, however, repeat insults of 'pornographic' pop stars

Chrissie Hynde has clarified recent remarks she made about female pop stars and her controversial view of victims of sexual abuse.

The Pretenders singer came under fire earlier this month after seeming to suggest that it is a rape victim’s fault if they are attacked after “putting it about and being provocative”, later describing her views as “common sense”. These are among a number of controversial comments the singer made.

Appearing on Good Morning America yesterday (September 15), Hynde attempted to distance herself from the comments slightly, saying she was not speaking on behalf of sexual abuse victims as a whole and that her recent comments only related to her own experience.

“I told my story the way I saw it,” she said. “I’m not here to advise anyone or validate myself or justify anything. I say I regret a lot of things I did. Suddenly I’m defending rape… I went places that no intelligent person would have gone. These bikers I’m talking about were dealing in some real hard drugs and criminal activity.”

Asked by ABC News reporter Linsey Davis if she thinks “women who dress provocatively in some way are asking for it?”. Hynde replied by saying: “I never said that. I think women who dress provocatively are asking for something. They’re asking for some sort of ‘Why do you dress provocatively?'”

Hynde did, however, repeat her criticism of modern day pop stars that “call themselves feminists” despite what she sees as contradictory actions.

“Well, to me it’s pornographic,” she said. “When you’re in your underwear and you’re bumping and grinding and singing your song. I’m not trying to criticise other women. I’m saying if you’re selling sex then don’t say you’re a feminist on behalf of music because I think little girls get very confused by that.”

In her new book Reckless: My Life As A Pretender, Hynde recalls being raped by a motorcycle gang at the age of 21.