Angela Lansbury Faces Backlash for Saying Women ‘Sometimes’ to Blame for Sexual Harassment

“Murder, She Wrote” star accused of victim-blaming

Last Updated: November 28, 2017 @ 9:30 AM

West-coasters are waking up just in time to see “Angela Lansbury” trending on Twitter — fortunately, it’s not for the grave reason we are conditioned to assume these days. To a number of social media users, however, why they’re actually seeing the 92-year-old “Murder, She Wrote” star’s name in the Top 10 isn’t much better than the alternative.

In a recent interview, Lansbury told the Radio Times that women must accept some blame for sexual harassment because they “go out of their way to make themselves attractive” to men.

“There are two sides to this coin,” she said. “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,” Lansbury continued. “Although it’s awful to say we can’t make ourselves look as attractive as possible without being knocked down and raped.”

“Should women be prepared for this? No, they shouldn’t have to be,” she added. “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.”

Guess how well of that went over with many Twitter users? Well, you don’t have to guess, actually — we’ve compiled some choice reactions below.

A few were willing to see the other side — or at least, to look the other way — on Lansbury’s remarks: