Angela Lansbury was trending on Twitter yesterday and I didn’t think twice about it until after I saw it today more in context and when I read her statement I was shocked.
Before I get into this, many of you know of Angela Lansbury. She starred as Jessica Fletcher in the hit television show Murder, She Wrote for 12 years. She’s reached the status of legendary In Hollywood and she did it without a lot of scandals and gossip, which speaks volumes. Even with all those accolades, a lot of women took her statement the wrong way.
Angela Lansbury hits out at critics after sexual harassment comment backlash https://t.co/CnmrEKWNXg
— The Independent (@Independent) November 30, 2017
Source: Radio Times
“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. Although it’s awful to say we can’t make ourselves look as attractive as possible without being knocked down and raped.”
Lansbury is not, however, suggesting that fault lies with individual victims: “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.”
The veteran Hollywood actress, who’s had a career spanning seven decades, said she didn’t suffer any harassment or abuse from male executives.
While I agree that men need to start controlling themselves. Women can also stop being “lured” to hotel rooms and homes. If you are trying to further your career meet in a business office with your manager. Common sense goes a long way in keeping you safe.
If a woman is instigating a situation by her actions or the way she dresses, she is NOT a victim. It is a well-known fact that many women use their bodies to get ahead in the business world it even just to get out of a speeding ticket. Most of them are comfortable in their skin and feel they can wear anything and everything knowing it will force them to be the center of attention, and that’s just the truth. Women know how to push a man’s buttons and know how to be a tease and that’s another truth. If I am not being honest let me know.
Women know if they wear tight fitting, high hemmed and low cut outfits, they will cause attention. But here’s where I have to insert common sense thinking. This does not give “anyone” permission to assault them or abuse them by using a powerful position to get results.
Here are some that disagree with Lansbury and they don’t hold back their disgust:
Angela Lansbury’s comments show an attitude that does real harm. But most of all I feel very sad for her and all the other women who have lived by these rules and placed blame at their own door and I think reactions should contain compassion and reflection on generational change.
— Laura Waddell (@lauraewaddell) November 28, 2017
If you read/listen thru entire Angela Lansbury interview, you'll hear the thoughts of a woman who's grappling w/ her own beliefs, who ends up on the right side of the argument. If you wanna come for her, I think you're wasting your time.
— April Wolfe (@AWolfeful) November 28, 2017
Dear Angela Lansbury,
I understand that you are 92 years old and from a different time, but your views only strengthen the disgusting men who perpetrate such acts against your sex.
It's NEVER the woman's fault!
— Brian Krassenstein🐬 (@krassenstein) November 28, 2017
Angela Lansbury went 92 years without being controversial but decided victim-blaming was the opinion to throw herself under the bus over. pic.twitter.com/WrRKsT5vOg
— Hanna Flint (@HannaFlint) November 28, 2017
Did you come to the same conclusion these individuals did as they roasted her on social media? Angela has a right to speak her beliefs on this problem. Just because it is a different view of others, don’t make her all wrong. She does have a point.
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