Pretenders frontwoman Chrissie Hynde appeared on NPR’s Morning Edition Tuesday morning to promote her new memoir, Reckless: My Life as a Pretender, and she would like to say that if she’s offended you, don’t even bother buying her f—ing book.
“I’m just going to say it: Chrissie Hynde is a really tough interview,” NPR’s David Greene says at the top of the segment. He’s not lying. She shuts down Greene’s comment that the Pretenders’ “Brass in Pocket” empowers women with a sharp, “I’m not here to embolden anyone.” Then, when Greene brings up a favorite anecdote from the memoir, she snaps, “Can I just not repeat stories that I’ve already said in the book? Can we talk about things outside of that? Is that possible? I don’t want to do a book reading, as it were.”
But she really challenges her interviewer most when he reads aloud a passage that has received some backlash: Hynde recalls being violently assaulted by a gang of bikers at the age of 21, then writes, “Technically speaking, however you want to look at it, this was all my doing, and I take full responsibility.”
Hynde has already responded to some of the controversy over her comments, which have been widely accused of victim-blaming, and apparently had little patience for being asked to respond to her critics again.
“You know what? I don’t care what a lot of people want,” she says, cutting Greene off midsentence. “I’d rather say, just don’t buy the f—ing book, then, if I’ve offended someone. Don’t listen to my records. Cause I’m only telling you my story, I’m not here trying to advise anyone or tell anyone what to do or tell anyone what to think, and I’m not here as a spokesperson for anyone. I’m just telling my story. So the fact that I’ve been — you know, it’s almost like a lynch mob.”
Head to NPR to listen to the full interview.