Lansbury: Women ‘must take blame’ for assault

Wednesday, 29 November 2017, 06:55:47 PM. AFTER the wave of decades worth of sexual harassment and assault allegations washed over Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood — and, on a larger scale, America — has seen a reckoning unlike any other in a long time.

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AFTER the wave of decades worth of sexual harassment and assault allegations washed over Harvey Weinstein, Hollywood — and, on a larger scale, America — has seen a reckoning unlike any other in a long time.

Powerful men are finally being held accountable for allegations of misconduct against women, women that have time and time again remained quiet for fear of retaliation or not being believed.

Everyone from Kevin Spacey to Jeffrey Tambor and, just recently, Jeremy Piven have seen their careers dramatically affected by these allegations. People are finally believing women and it is leading to a real dialogue and, fingers crossed, lasting change.

Because this is a hot topic right now, it’s coming up in a lot of interviews. It came up in an interview with living legend turned legend-who-is-also-in-a-bunch-of-memes Angela Lansbury.

And, well, the 92-year-old actress said something that is not surprising for a 92-year-old actress to say.

Angela Lansbury: “We must sometimes take blame, women.” Source: News Limited

While speaking with the Radio Times, the Murder, She Wrote star said, “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,” she continued. “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.”

So, yeah, that’s not exactly progressive. But also, as has been pointed out on Twitter, she added that individual women are definitely not to blame:

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So, she’s a bit all over the map. Obviously people are upset at their beloved Jessica Fletcher flirting with some victim blaming speech, but she’s also 92 years old and the product of a different time.

Like, how set in their ways are your grandparents (or, in this case, potentially your great-grandparents)? Lansbury is that. Is what she said okay? Not at all! Is what she followed it up with better? Yeah! Do I think I will be able to form even a coherent thought at 92? Not at all!

What I’m getting at is, as someone that loves almost exclusively senior citizen celebrities, you can’t expect them to always be as with it and progressive as we’d like them to be. They can’t all be Dick Van Dyke, dancing at a Bernie Sanders rally.

This story originally appeared on Decider and is republished here with permission.

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