Joan Jett recently sat down with Rolling Stone for their “Last Word” column, and spoke about her upcoming “Stadium Tour” with MÖTLEY CRÜE, DEF LEPPARD and POISON.
When asked if it bothered her that some of those bands had been accused of misogyny in the past, she replied: “It’s very prevalent, all over rock and roll. Look, all I can do as the woman I am is go out there and show an alternative view and do it my way. If I had to weed out every band you thought was problematic, I mean, there wouldn’t be very many left. And I think everyone’s being a little … Chill out, it’s music.”
When asked whether she thinks the rock genre is less misogynistic now than it was in the ’80s, Jett replied: “That’s a good question. The bands I listened to weren’t necessarily at all misogynistic, but I’m talking about guys like FUGAZI. I would say [it’s] probably not as misogynistic [now], just because of their openness to getting criticized about it, because you get creamed online and people seem to care about that. That doesn’t mean that it changes who they are, so maybe that’s dangerous. It goes underground. But I think things are changing.”
“The Stadium Tour” with DEF LEPPARD, MÖTLEY CRÜE, POISON and JOAN JETT & THE BLACKHEARTS‘ will commence on June 16 in Atlanta, Georgia.