Actress Angela Lansbury has weighed in on the wave of recent sexual harassment and assault allegations in Hollywood, telling Radio Times that while victims are not at fault in such situations, “There are two sides to this coin.”
The 92-year-old Murder, She Wrote star told the outlet, “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 continued, “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.”
Lansbury added, however, “Should women be prepared for this? No, they shouldn’t have to be!”
“There’s no excuse for that,” she told Radio Times. “And I think it will stop now — it will have to. I think a lot of men must be very worried at this point.”
Many reacted to Lansbury’s comments on Twitter, with some criticizing her viewpoint while others came to the star’s defense.
“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,” wrote user @tomandlorezno.
In October, the New York Times and The New Yorker revealed decades of alleged sexual misconduct and sexual assault allegations against movie mogul Harvey Weinstein. In the time since, many other famous men — including Kevin Spacey, Jeffrey Tambor and, most recently, Charlie Rose — have been accused of either sexual harassment or assault by both men and women.