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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.
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:
Oh, Angela Lansbury, these comments are so misguided. “Without being knocked down and raped” - I beg your pardon? No woman should think that taking care of her appearance & wanting to look/dress how she wants should mean she should expect being raped as a result? pic.twitter.com/vI3TBoLa0s
— Amyleigh ☕️ (@AmyleighCraigg) November 28, 2017
Stupidity, She Wrote. https://t.co/rhAaiDUl7F
— Stefan Stevenson (@StevensonFWST) November 28, 2017
Me when Angela Lansbury said THAT: pic.twitter.com/cXaf3hfiR3
— Isaiah Fapuro (@IsaiahAF_) November 28, 2017
[sees Angela Lansbury trending]
Oh my god, did she die???
[sees why Angela Lansbury is trending]
Ok, so as far as I’m concerned, yes she did. https://t.co/zDQr4Psfai
— Brohibition Now (@OhNoSheTwitnt) November 28, 2017
thing is, angela lansbury’s comments can’t be justified as ‘old fashioned views’ because VICTIM BLAMING HAS NEVER BEEN OK
— D (@allig4torsky_) November 28, 2017
Angela Lansbury went 92 years without being controversial but decided victim-blaming was the opinion to throw herself under the bus over. pic.twitter.com/WrRKsT5vOg
— Hanna Flint (@HannaFlint) November 28, 2017
Lansbury has yet to comment on the criticism.