Angela Lansbury Slammed for Saying Women 'Must Sometimes Take Blame' for Sexual Harassment

The 'Murder, She Wrote' star says that since women 'have gone out of their way to make themselves attractive, ... it has backfired on us.'

AceShowbiz - Angela Lansbury has spoken up in the wake of numerous sexual harassment and assault allegations in Hollywood, but her controversial comments have landed her in hot water. The veteran actress suggests that women sometimes must accept blame for sexual harassment because of the way they make themselves look attractive.

"There are two sides to this coin," Angela says in the recent issue of Radio Times. "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."

The 92-year-old adds, "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."

She, however, says that there's no excuse for such disrespectful behavior as she continues, "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."

Angela, who says she didn't suffer any harassment or abuse from male executives, has since been criticized over her comments. "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!" one Twitter user writes.

Another responds, "My Gran is 88 years old and would never suggest that rape victims 'must sometimes take the blame.' Angela Lansbury's age doesn't give her a free pass."

However, there are some people who defend the "Murder, She Wrote" star. "I don't think Ms. Lansbury intend to 'blame' the victim. She is of an era where women were more modest in dress," one explains. "IMO-she's saying-'don't advertise/promise something you're not willing to give'."

Another says, "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."

One other similarly comments, "Angela Lansbury is 92 years old. Getting mad at her on twitter because she doesn't have the most modern ideas about sexual harassment is pointless and kind of dumb."

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