Apparently sexual harassment is a woman's fault when she goes out of her way to make herself attractive, according to actress Angela Lansbury.
In an interview with Radio Times, the 92-year-old actress said women need to take at least some of the blame for sexual harassment and rape.
“There are two sides to this coin. 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," she said.
“We must sometimes take blame, women. 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.”
According to Uproxx:
Lansbury went on to say she never suffered any kind of harassment while working as a young actress at MGM Studios in the 1940s. What’s more, she added that individual women were not to blame, necessarily. “Should women be prepared for this? No, they shouldn’t have to be. There’s no excuse for that,” she said, “and I think it will stop now — it will have to. I think a lot of men must be very worried at this point.” Even so, her blanket statements about some of the fault belonging to women as a group have not sat well with those who have read them.
Yes, Lansbury, who brags about never herself having been sexually harassed, is from another generation, and will hopefully evolve after the onslaught of reactions she's getting from the Twitterverse.
TBH, Angela Lansbury is sounding a lot like Gabby Douglass did a couple weeks ago.
Angela, sexual assault is NEVER the victims fault.
If this happened to YOU, its NOT YOUR FAULT.
Other people reading this that have been sexually assaulted, its NOT your fault.
That is all.
— Frederick Douglass (@gettinnoticedmo) November 28, 2017
Dear Angela Lansbury,
I understand that you are 92 years old and from a different time, but your views only strengthen the disgusting men who perpetrate such acts against your sex.
It's NEVER the woman's fault!
— Brian Krassenstein🐬 (@krassenstein) November 28, 2017
Angela Lansbury come on you're like 100 you almost made it through this life without being a rape apologist.
— Alvie 💜 (@alvietron) November 28, 2017
Noooo! #AngelaLansbury, I love you so much! Please take this back! It's not true! Rapists rape. Harassers harass. The victim didn't ask for either. "Angela Lansbury talks sexual harassment: Women 'must sometimes take blame' https://t.co/DIMcM1G4JA via @usatoday"
— Sarah Levin (@sarahtothelevin) November 28, 2017
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