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

“Although it’s awful to say we can’t make ourselves look as attractive as possible without being knocked down and raped.”

Angela Lansbury is receiving backlash for comments she made about women being the cause of sexual harassment.

“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 told The Telegraph. “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,” she goes on to say. “Although it’s awful to say we can’t make ourselves look as attractive as possible without being knocked down and raped.” The actress, who has been working since 1944, did say that women shouldn't be blamed. "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."

However, the intent of the British actress' message was largely perceived as victim-blaming. In light of widespread sexual harassment allegations in Hollywood, several people took to Twitter to criticize the actress:

Others defended Lansbury's right to speak her mind, especially given her own experience. In the interview, she said that she had not experienced harassment in her lengthy Hollywood career.

Angela Lansbury was signed to MGM while still a teenager. She was nominated for an Academy Award for her first film, Gaslight in 1944. She is popularly known for her breakthrough role in the crime TV series Murder, She Wrote.

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