Chrissie Hynde: ‘If you don’t want to entice a rapist don’t wear high heels’

In an interview with the Sunday Times to promote her new book, rock musician Chrissie Hynde suggested it’s a woman’s fault if she is raped. “You know if you don’t want to entice a rapist, don’t wear high heels so you can’t run from him,” she said in an interview with the British paper. The singer and guitarist says she was sexually assaulted when she was 21 while living in her native Ohio and takes “full responsibility.” “If I’m walking around in my underwear and I’m drunk. Who else’s fault can it be?” Hynde, who talks about her assault in her memoir “Reckless,” received backlash on social media from fans and victim advocate groups. “This feeling of self-blame, described by Chrissie Hynde, can often prevent survivors from coming forward and getting the support that they deserve,” Katherine Hull of the Rape, Abuse & Incest National Network said in a statement. “Regardless of the circumstances surrounding a sexual assault, a victim is never to blame. The responsibility always lies solely with the perpetrator, no matter what.”

White House welcomes Kanye’s political interest

Kanye West for 2020? The White House says it is anticipating the rapper’s potential bid for president. West said he would run for president while accepting the Michael Jackson Video Vanguard Award at the 2015 MTV Video Music Awards on Sunday. White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest says he looks “forward to seeing what slogan (West) chooses to embroider on his campaign hat,” reports the Associated Press. Earnest was traveling to Alaska aboard Air Force One with PresidentBarack Obama.

Hulk Hogan speaks out on GMA about racist rant

Wrestling legend Hulk Hogan opened up Monday on “Good Morning America” in his first interview since being fired from the WWE after Gawker Media released a tape on which he can be heard making a racist rant. Hogan, 62, told ABC’s Amy Robach he had no idea he was being taped when he used a racial slur when referring to his daughter, BrookeBollea’s, then boyfriend. “I’m not a racist, but I never should have said what I said. It was wrong. I’m embarrassed by it,” he told Robach. He asked his fans for forgiveness. “Please forgive me,” he said. “I think if you look at the whole picture of who Hulk Hogan is, you can see over all the years that there’s not a racist bone in my body.”

Compiled by Melody Baetens

Tuesday’s birthdays

Lily Tomlin, 76

Dr. Phil McGraw, 65

Gloria Estefan, 58

Zendaya Coleman, 19

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