We never thought we would see Angela Lansbury on the receiving end of such backlash.
However, the legendary actress has come under fire for some comments she made in a recent interview about sexual assault, which essentially suggested that women weren’t entirely blameless in most sexual assault cases.
As you can imagine, her comments weren’t met with the best reaction. Let’s refresh our memories and recap the most controversial parts of the interview…
“There are two sides to this coin,” Angela Lansbury said in the interview with Radio Times.
“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.”
We can already see how this has infuriated people…
“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.”
Angela Lansbury has since issued a retraction, saying that she is devastated by the reactions to her interview, and insisting that her comments were taken out of context…
“There is no excuse whatsoever for men to harass women in an abusive sexual manner,” the 92-year-old told People.
“And, I am devastated that anyone should deem me capable of thinking otherwise.
“Those who have known the quality of my work and the many public statements I have made over the course of my life, must know, that I am a strong supporter of Women’s Rights.”
Where do you guys stand? Do you see the message she was trying to convey in the first interview, or do you think her initial comments were insensitive?