Angela Lansbury: 'There Are 2 Sides' to Sex Misconduct

Women 'must sometimes take blame' for always trying to make themselves attractive, actress says
By Jenn Gidman,  Newser Staff
Posted Nov 28, 2017 8:54 AM CST
Lansbury: Women Should Own Their Part in Sex Misconduct
In this Dec. 5, 2014, file photo, Angela Lansbury poses for a portrait at the Ahmanson Theatre in Los Angeles.   (Photo by Casey Curry/Invision/AP, File)

Women in Hollywood have been speaking out in droves against Harvey Weinstein and others, but one famous female is taking a different tack, noting, "There are two sides to this coin." Angela Lansbury thinks women "must sometimes take blame" for sexual misconduct perpetrated against them, the Telegraph reports. "We have to own up to the fact that women, since time immemorial, have gone out of their way to make themselves attractive," the 92-year-old actress, best known for her TV series Murder, She Wrote, said in a Radio Times interview. "And unfortunately it has backfired on us—and this is where we are today."

Lansbury, who said she never was the target of sexual misconduct, did add it's "awful" that woman can't "make ourselves look as attractive as possible without being knocked down and raped," that victims shouldn't be blamed, and that men shouldn't be allowed to get away with it. "I think a lot of men must be very worried at this point," she said. In a statement, Rape Crisis England and Wales slammed Lansbury for perpetuating a "deeply unhelpful myth," adding: "Rape is an act of sexual violence, power and control that has little to nothing to do with sexual desire. … There is no excuse or mitigation for sexual violence, and there is no circumstance in which it's even partially the victim's or survivor's fault." BuzzFeed notes the other swift (and mostly harsh) reaction to her comments on social media. (More Angela Lansbury stories.)

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