By Brian Ives
Often, when a celebrity says something politically incorrect, or even insensitive, in the press, it is soon followed by a mea culpa.
So when asked in an interview with The Washington Post about some controversial comments she recently made regarding rape, she was asked if she regretted those comments. “Do I regret saying it? I don’t know. I haven’t really thought about it.”
“I’ve just had some e-mails from friends saying, ‘Do you want to hide at my place?'” she added. One of her comments was, “If you don’t want to entice a rapist, don’t wear high heels so you can’t run from him.”
Addressing the people who were offended by the comment, she offered, “If you don’t want my opinion, don’t ask me for it,” she said.
Part of the conversation about rape came up due to a part of her book where she described being raped by members of a biker gang. Her response to that in her interview with the Post, was: “I would say there was an element of sexual assault, but frankly, if you go into the club house of the world’s most notorious bikers, it’s not going to be for a Bible reading.”
In another part of the book, she was hitchhiking and ended up drugged and naked in some guy’s home. Her response to that incident today: “But I knocked on the guy’s car door and said, ‘Can you give me a lift?’ to a stranger. What was I thinking?”
Hynde told Radio.com in a recent interview, though, that she doesn’t think that people should be bothered by what she says. “They don’t have to listen to my opinion, I’m not giving you my opinion. Well, I am now, because I have to do this [interview], but the thing is: I only offer my music. I don’t think that artists or musicians have to be personalities, there’s enough personality in the music.”