- The Washington Times - Thursday, November 30, 2017

Angela Lansbury lashed out at critics for taking her “out of context” after her comments on women’s roles in sexual harassment sparked a social media uproar.

The 92-year-old “Murder, She Wrote” actress, who is starring in BBC1’s upcoming mini-series “Little Women,” said she’s “devastated” that people are upset over her comments this week about the avalanche of sexual harassment allegations levied against prominent male figures in Hollywood.

“There are two sides to this coin,” Ms. Lansbury told the U.K.’s Radio Times on Tuesday. “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,” she said. “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.”

In the same interview, Ms. Lansbury clarified that she doesn’t believe there is any excuse that would justify sexual harassment and that women should never have to be prepared for such treatment.

Still, her remarks sparked a fierce backlash online, with many commenters accusing her of blaming the victims of sexual abuse. Others suggested the nonagenarian should be given a pass because of her age.

Ms. Lansbury on Wednesday scolded critics for misinterpreting her message and blaming her age.

“There is no excuse whatsoever for men to harass women in an abusive sexual manner. And, I am devastated that anyone should deem me capable of thinking otherwise,” she said in a statement. “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.

“Lastly, I would like to add that I am troubled by how quickly and brutishly some have taken my comments out of context and attempted to blame my generation, my age, or my mindset, without having read the entirety of what I said,” she said.

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