Angela Lansbury Says Women 'Must Sometimes Take Blame'

Angela Lansbury Says Women 'Must Sometimes Take Blame' Promo Image

The esteemed actress Angela Lansbury has a controversial take on the sexual harassment accusations that have been swirling around show business lately.

More than 80 women have accused Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein of sexual misconduct, leading to an outpouring of accusations against many others in the entertainment world, notes the Daily Mail.

"There are two sides to this coin," said 92-year-old Lansbury in a Nov. 28 interview with Radio Times, the Daily Mail reports. "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. I really do think that."

However, she stopped short of justifying sexual harassment. "Although it's awful to say we can't make ourselves look as attractive as possible without being knocked down and raped," she said. "Should women be prepared for this? No, they shouldn't have to be! There's no excuse for that."

In summary, she implied that there might be a silver lining to the recent revelations, surmising that "a lot of men must be very worried at this point," and that their bad behavior "will have to stop now." 

Image placeholder title

In 1944, Lansbury was nominated for an Academy Award for her very first film, "Gaslight," observes IMDb.

In addition to dozens of film roles, she also made her mark in numerous Broadway plays and musicals over the decades, winning four Tony Awards. 

Her greatest fame came relatively late in her career, with the hit 1980s television series, "Murder, She Wrote," starring as mystery-solving crime novelist Jessica Fletcher.

Lansbury is not the only celebrity to express a nuanced view of sexual harassment in Hollywood.

Image placeholder title

Fashion designer Donna Karan, echoing Lansbury, suggested that alleged victims may have been "asking for it" by the way the women act and dress:

I think we have to look at ourselves. Obviously, the treatment of women all over the world is something that has always had to be identified. Certainly in the country of Haiti where I work, in Africa, in the developing world, it's been a hard time for women.

To see it here in our own country is very difficult, but I also think how do we display ourselves? How do we present ourselves as women? What are we asking? Are we asking for it by presenting all the sensuality and all the sexuality?

And what are we throwing out to our children today about how to dance and how to perform and what to wear? How much should they show? 

Actress Lindsay Lohan, in an October Instagram video, defended Weinstein specifically. "Hi, this is Lindsay Lohan," she said. 'I'm in Dubai, I'm home, and I feel very bad for Harvey Weinstein right now, I don't think it's right what's going on."

Lohan, 31, added: "And he's never harmed me or did anything wrong to me. We've done several movies together, and so I think everyone needs to stop. I think it's wrong."

Sources: Daily MailIMDb / Featured Image: Andreas Praefcke/Wikimedia Commons / Embedded Images: Eva Rinaldi/Flickr, David Shankbone/Wikimedia Commons

Popular Video