Legendary actress Angela Lansbury received serious criticism earlier this week after saying that women “must sometimes take blame” for sexual misconduct.
“There are two sides to this coin,” the veteran star said in an interview with Radio Times published on November 28. “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.”
“We must sometimes take blame, women,” she said. “I really do think that. Although it’s awful to say we can’t make ourselves look as attractive as possible without being knocked down and raped.”
But she also added that women “shouldn’t have to be” prepared for this.
“Should women be prepared for this? No, they shouldn’t have to be,” Lansbury said. “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.”
The first part of her controversial remarks gain traction on social media and generated strong reactions among the media and entertainment figures — including Oscar winner, Patricia Arquette — accusing the “Beauty and The Beast” actress of victim-blaming.
Lansbury says that she is “devastated” that comments she made about sexual abuse were taken “out of context”. The actress does not deny making the remarks in the first place, but she indicates that they were misconstrued.
“There is no excuse whatsoever for men to harass women in an abusive sexual manner. I am devastated that anyone should deem me capable of thinking otherwise,” Lansbury said in a recently release statement. “Those who have known the quality of my work and the many public statements I have made over the course of my life, must know, that I am a strong support of women’s rights.”
Lansbury, who will appear in next year’s buzzed about film “Mary Poppins Returns” starring Emily Blunt, said that the criticisms were a form of age-shaming. “Lastly, I would like to add that I am troubled by how quickly and brutishly some have taken my comments out of context and attempted to blame my generation, my age, or my mindset, without having read the entirety of what I said.”
The British actress remarks were published in the middle of a wave of sexual abuse and assault allegations that have rocked the entertainment industry.
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