Angela Lansbury Says Women 'Must Sometimes Take Blame' for Sexual Harassment

| NOV 28, 2017 | 3:16 PM

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Over the past few months, a movement has begun and women and men have spoken out in hopes of putting an end to sexual harassment and assault.

While it started with accusations against Hollywood heavyweight Harvey Weinstein, the likes of Louis C.K. and Kevin Spacey and companies such as Massage Envy have also been called out for acts that have been kept quiet for too long.

But it's not just celebrities speaking out, everyday people have taken part in the movement through the #MeToo Twitter hashtag campaign, opening up to the world about previous experiences with sexual harassment and assault.

Despite all this, one legendary actress recently spoke to British publication Radio Times and said that women are sometimes at fault.

That actress is 92-year-old “Murder, She Wrote” star Angela Lansbury. She said women who go “out of their way to make themselves attractive” are partially to blame for the actions of the men who prey on them, per the report.

Lansbury added:

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.

Lansbury then said that while women bear some fault, it's unfortunate that women can't make themselves as pretty as possible without being gawked at — or worse:

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 also noted she is not blaming the victims individually:

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.

People were quick to criticize Lansbury's point of view:

Lansbury has yet to comment on the criticism.