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Chrissie is Miley offensive, but it’s all about publicity

Chrissie Hynde
Chrissie Hynde

I’m thinking Chrissie Hynde has a new book coming out, as the Pretenders singer is at it again.

A few weeks ago she made a comment saying that it was her own fault that she was sexually assaulted.

I mean, what an utterly moronic and insensitive statement to make. Regardless of what the situation is, a person is never at fault when they are sexually assaulted.

This week, she has said that the scantily-clad stars of today are basically “sex workers” and that their risqué performances are doing a great deal of damage to women.

I am not saying I’m a huge fan of what Miley Cyrus is up to, but that’s her choice. Nobody is forcing her to do it and she would consider that her art. Pop stars want to put on a great performance and many of them are sexualised, but not all of them are.

I don’t agree with her statements because I don’t feel in any way damaged by Katy Perry and Rihanna, I actually like what they do and so do a lot of other people.

I just think her comments are attention-seeking and unnecessary, if we all worried about what other people were doing we would spend our lives stressed.

Help us fight the disease

Cancer has affected everyone in some way or another. Next week is Cancer Awareness week and it’s such a great way to raise money in different ways.

I am involved in a campaign with Spin 1038, called ‘Spin1038 Celebrity Sell Off’, with all proceeds going to the Marie Keating Foundation. There is a list of celebrities donating clothes to be auctioned off to raise money for those battling cancer.

Cancer is such a frightening disease and there are 30,000 diagnosed cases in Ireland every year. We all have family or know somebody who has been affected by this disease so it’s really important to raise funds for those who need it.

My grandmother died from cancer and most recently one of my best friend’s mother died from the illness, so I have seen how it can tear a family apart.

Bottom show is top class

I was at the RTE 2 Autumn Schedule launch on Tuesday and it was great to see the new line-up.

They had a clip of my show and it was the first time I had seen it, so I got a little fright when I saw a clip of me getting spanked in a spanking class!!

That’s in the first of my three-part series and I’m really excited for everyone to see these shows as I think they’re my best yet.

I can’t wait to see Louise McSharry’s show and Angela Scanlon’s new series.

I’ll be there for Brian gig

I’m so excited for Brian; he is doing his first solo gig in Ireland in such a long time. He is playing Whelan’s on November 4, and I will definitely be going along to support him.

His new album is great and he always puts on a good show, so it will be a great night.

I think he was nervous coming back to Ireland when I first met him because he had so much bad press, which was no reflection on the person he is.

I’m really happy that he is playing in Ireland again and I’m sure this gig will be the first of many.