Ooh, let’s go one step further, shall we?
“I think by the time people realized there was something deeply wrong happening they had been there for a while and it probably felt a little strange to suddenly speak up and do something, especially when they looked around and everyone was trying to look cool,” she said. “They looked around, the adults weren’t doing anything, the people in the band weren’t doing anything, and they just didn’t want to speak up in case they were misinterpreting the situation.”
Fuchs’ response seems pretty reasonable; look, we knew something wrong was happening, nobody else was doing anything, bystander effect kicked in, we were scared girls in a room full of adults. I get it. Hell, I’ve sort-of been in the situation where someone was being assaulted (not sexually, thankfully) and yeah, when a group of you see it going down, everyone does just sort of freeze in shock. Anyone who hasn’t been in that situation probably shouldn’t cast judgement.
But then there’s Joan Jett’s response.
I have been accused of a crime. Of looking into the dead yet pleading eyes of a girl, unable to move while she was brutally raped and doing nothing. I have never been one to deny my mistakes in life and I wouldn’t start now. If I were guilty, I would admit it. There are so many excuses I could make being only one month into my sixteenth year at the time that people would understand but I am innocent. When I return from Sweden I will seek a qualified polygraph examiner to put to rest any and all allegations. I will make public the questions, answers and results of that test. I will prove I am telling the truth. I will not allow anyone to throw me under the bus and accuse me of such a foul act. I will fight for myself. It is the only thing I can do and I’m glad to do it.
– Joan Jett
So instead of taking Fuchs’ approach, which was to admit that, yes, it happened, and yes, it was wrong, and so on, Jett’s response was to call her a liar.
I read through the comments to see what the official BB response would be and it’s pretty disappointing tbh but not surprising given that the decision was made to post it. You’re right, of course, Kim Fowley is the one who was totally at fault, but at this point he can’t be held accountable at this point because he died of cancer two years ago. I suppose the nice thing is that if he was still alive, Jackie could come forward, as could Micki Steele, and he’d be rightly ruined in his old age.
I’m still not watching that damn video, though.