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Actress Angela Lansbury Says Female Victims Share ‘Blame’ in Sexual Misconduct


Angela Lansbury: legend. We can all agree on that. The actress has been working on stage and screen for the better part of a century, so people listened when she weighed in on sexual misconduct. And man, it did not go over well.

Here’s what she said in a Radio Times interview published Tuesday.

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. 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.

He said individual victims shouldn’t take blowback, however.

“Should women be prepared for this?” she said. “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.”

Her comment about “blame” wasn’t…well received. Here are emblematic tweets.

This isn’t to say Lansbury lacked defenders. Some tried to put what she said in context, even as they rebutted her statement.

As far as Twitter dog-piling is concerned, the responses seem pretty mild. In October, The New York Times published a bombshell report showing that movie mogul Harvey Weinstein settled sexual harassment claims with eight women. That snowballed, with dozens of women publicly making allegations against him. This included claims of sexual assault. (He denied the assault claims, and a separate harassment allegation by actress Lupita N’yongo. He didn’t clearly address other individual claims.) Since then, you’ve got high-profile claims against men in the news media, entertainment, and politics. Allegations involving male victims have popped up as well because of groping claims against actor Kevin Spacey. He also denied the accusations.

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