Joan Jett from a ‘Ask Me Anything’ thread on Reddit:
“Well you know I’ve been in that place too where you worry about what everybody thinks of you, am I popular, do people care, are they looking at me, all that stuff. That’s a drag, man. Having to worry about fitting in, am I cool enough to ANYTHING.
You gotta not care about what people think in general about you. I’m not talking about bad stuff, if you’re a nasty person, because I don’t consider myself a mean person, I consider that I know what i want and I’m tough. But I’m very emotional and un-tough on a lot of levels, I cry very easily, I’m sensitive and I don’t think that’s a bad thing.
A lot of people would say “well that’s not a bad reputation. you sound like a pussy” and I would say yea. but I am passionate about music and being taken seriously about my music, so if you’re going to mess with that, we have a problem.
A lot of “Bad Reputation” came from comments that people said in the early days of “she’ll never make it, she has a bad reputation” it was probably said at one point. Inspiration comes from all sorts of places. And you have to decide that it’s not worth all that mental anguish worrying about what other people think.
Just be yourself and everything will fall in line, the way it’s supposed to be. If you’re yourself, that’s the best thing you can do, because you can never go “damn if I’d only been myself.” Live an authentic life and you don’t have to worry about your reputation.”