Angela Lansbury quickly became a trending topic on Tuesday after Radio Times published a new interview where she commented on the string of sexual misconduct allegations coming out of Hollywood.
The 92 year-old actress said women “must sometimes take blame” in sexual harassment, arguing that making an effort to “look attractive” has “backfired.”
“There are two sides to this coin,” she said. “We have to own up to the fact that women, since time immemorial, have gone out of their way to make themselves attractive. And unfortunately it has backfired on us – and this is where we are today.”
Lansbury added that women should not have to risk sexual assault for making themselves “look attractive” and said there’s “no excuse” for such behavior.
“Although it’s awful to say we can’t make ourselves look as attractive as possible without being knocked down and raped,” she said, adding “Should women be prepared for this? No, they shouldn’t have to be! There’s no excuse for that.”
Lansbury went on to say sexually inappropriate behavior in the workplace will have to stop now, and that a “lot of men must be very worried at this point.”
Here are some of the reactions to Lansbury’s comments:
*sees Angela Lansbury is trending*— Olly Smith (@OllyWrites) November 28, 2017
"OH NO SHE BETTER NOT BE DEAD"
"oh wait it's worse" https://t.co/zJJVhE2MUm
Angela Lansbury’s comments show an attitude that does real harm. But most of all I feel very sad for her and all the other women who have lived by these rules and placed blame at their own door and I think reactions should contain compassion and reflection on generational change.— Laura Waddell (@lauraewaddell) November 28, 2017
Angela Lansbury has based her views on experience and the world she has lived in over the past 92 years. This is her right. I don’t agree with her, but that’s the problem with opinions and experience, we’re all different. I don’t agree with berating old ladies, but there you go.— Dazy Graves (@Missdazygraves) November 28, 2017
Sad to see Angela Lansbury being hounded for *expressing an opinion*. Seems all women are now expected to stick to the same script.— Joanna Williams (@jowilliams293) November 28, 2017