Chrissie Hynde has hit out at feminists who dress provocatively, saying if you dress like a ‘sex worker, you will probably be treated like one’.
The Pretenders frontwoman made the controversial comments as she was asked how your style can affect what people think of you.
Speaking to the Sydney Morning Herald, the 68-year-old said: ‘How you dress and how you present yourself to the world is totally how people will treat you. All these so-called feminists who complain because people treat them like they’re hookers? Well, put some clothes on!
‘If you walk around looking like a sex worker you will probably be treated like one, and if you walk around in a nurse’s uniform people will call you when they’re sick. And if you walk around dressed like a roadie, like I do, people will leave you the f*** alone.’
This isn’t the first time that the Brass In Pocket singer – who used to work at Malcolm McLaren and Vivienne Westwood’s iconic Sex boutique in Chelsea – has raised eyebrows with an interview.
Back in 2015, Hynde claimed that women should take responsibility for being attacked if they’re dressed in sexy outfits.
The singer, who was forced to perform sexual acts on a motorcycle act when she was 21, said she took ‘full responsibility’ for the assault because she was on drugs at the time.
Speaking to The Sunday Times, she said: ‘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 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.’
The comments sparked major backlash, but Chrissie stood by them.
She later said: ‘All I said was that in my case, I shouldn’t have been there. If you’re in a park and someone drags you in a bush and rapes you, clearly you are a victim.
‘If you’re provoking someone… you have to be very careful who you’re provoking.’
Hynde is currently on the promo tour for The Pretenders’ 11th studio album, Hate For Sale.
The mother-of-two is the only constant member of the band, which she founded in 1978.