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Angela Lansbury Sparks Controversy with Sexual Harassment Statements

Angela Lansbury Sparks Controversy with Sexual Harassment Statements

Angela Lansbury, renowned actress well known for her work on stage and screen, is under fire for some very controversial comments concerning sexual misconduct.

“We have to own up to the fact that women, since time immemorial, have gone out of their way to make themselves attractive,” the 92-year-old said (via The Telegraph). “And unfortunately it has backfired on us – and this is where we are today.”

“We must sometimes take blame, women. I really do think that,” she continued. “Although it’s awful to say we can’t make ourselves look as attractive as possible without being knocked down and raped.”

Angela continued, “Should women be prepared for this? No, they shouldn’t have to be. There’s no excuse for that. And I think it will stop now – it will have to. I think a lot of men must be very worried at this point.”

Fans on Twitter are outraged at the comments, saying Angela is victim shaming and victim blaming.

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  • Amber

    Very antiquated perspective.

  • meme

    she’s absolutely correct and the outraged twitter twats haven’t really read her statement CAREFULLY just OUTRAGE automatically. I hope she doesn’t backtrack.

  • matthewriddick1

    She’s coming from the old studio era when this was commonplace and everyone looked the other way. There was no such thing as sexual harassment in those days but, it’s a different time now thank goodness

  • agus

    It wasn’t called sexual harassment but casting couch but in general it’s the same. I’m sure that 80 % of actresses who visited Weinstein in his hotel room wore sexy outfit.

  • disqus_KwgiMZNJ54

    I think until all people are taught to behave in a way that respects the bodies of others, it’s good to be on the defense too. Attack it from 2 different angles, as it were.

  • Honeybee

    It seems like a generational thing. She was in the studio system like from the beginning and she’s almost 100 years old and her feelings and sensibilities show it. Remember how bitter and ungracious she was when she thought Octavia Spencer was going to reprise her role on Murder She Wrote? A lot of women her age still think rape and workplace harassment are about sex and not about power and abuse of authority.

  • Kee FRIEND Leichtle

    She’s not exactly wrong. I think people getting pissed at her simply refuse to accept blame even though they know she has a good point.

  • londongirl75

    Exactly. We might not like it but the awful truth is that the more attractive a woman is, the more chance of being harassed. It shouldn’t happen but it does….

  • cafeast

    Well guess what she is almost a century old, so get with it. You know what else is an antiquated perspective? Multiculturalism is better for the indigenous people and black and white people can live together.

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  • MyName

    That isn’t true. It’s about power, access, and control. The aggressor casting a film might even expect a lesser attractive woman may be more desperate and thus more willing.

    It isn’t contributing to a crime for a woman or man to want to look and feel attractive. Others are supposed to be able to control themselves. If they cannot then they belong in a cage such as a prison cell.

    AL does come from another era and it shows. I’m not vilifying her. It’s difficult to loose what you’ve seen and heard much of your life. In her day it was too often said that ‘boys will be boys’ and the women were blamed for the way they dressed or whatever. Thank goodness people, most, are now being taught differently.