Until today, Angela Lansbury's record was pretty spotless. She played the lovable Jessica Fletcher on Murder, She Wrote. She voiced Mrs. Potts in the original Beauty and the Beast. There's a lot to love about her.
Unfortunately, Ms. Lansbury is under fire today for saying some pretty ridiculous stuff about victims of sexual harassment and assault. This topic has been especially prevalent over the past few months as more and more people in the entertainment industry and in politics (most of them men) are accused of sexual misconduct. It seems as though Lansbury has decided to join the victim blamers of the world, and it's honestly pretty disappointing.
Lansbury was recently interviewed by the outlet Radio Times.
via: GettyA central point in the interview was the way Hollywood has been dealing with the almost constant allegations of people within the industry sexually harassing and assaulting both women and men. It all appeared to start with the news that Harvey Weinstein harassed and assaulted women for decades. He's now (finally) facing the repercussions of his abominable actions, and there has been a slew of new allegations against multiple other people, including director James Toback, actor Kevin Spacey, and even Pixar founder John Lasseter.
When asked about her reaction to the allegations against Harvey Weinstein (et al.), Lansbury had the following unfortunate response:
via: Twitter"There are two sides to this coin," Lansbury said. "We have to own up to the act 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."
Lansbury went on to say more:
via: Twitter"We must sometimes take the blame, women. I really do think that." Wait. What???
Oh no, Angela Lansbury.Noooooo. This is not an OK thing to say. Or an OK thing to think. We're disappointed.
This Twitter user breaks down all the ways that Lansbury's statements are problematic.
Oh, Angela Lansbury. No, girl. Just no. 1) Rapists don't rape because of the way we dress. They rape to exert pow… https://t.co/DQbDwtkMmh— Holly Figueroa O'Reilly (@Holly Figueroa O'Reilly)1511872107.0
Obviously, Twitter was pretty upset by the chinks in the armor being shown in yet another Hollywood hero.
*sees Angela Lansbury is trending* "OH NO SHE BETTER NOT BE DEAD" "oh wait it's worse" https://t.co/zJJVhE2MUm— THAT is Olly Smith (@THAT is Olly Smith)1511867359.0
Some people are wondering how Murder, She Wrote would have been affected if Lansbury herself wrote the plots.
*Murder she wrote opening theme plays* Angela Lansbury: *looks at murdered woman* she was wearing a skirt. It’s he… https://t.co/alG1UstPPn— DorothyBillowy🎃 (@DorothyBillowy🎃)1511869755.0
Is Christopher Plummer going to have to replace Angela Lansbury, too?
Great, now Angela Lansbury will have to be replaced with Christopher Plummer in old episodes of Murder She Wrote.— Alex Dale (@Alex Dale)1511867489.0
It might be tempting to give Angela Lansbury the benefit of the doubt, here.
Me when Angela Lansbury said THAT: https://t.co/cXaf3hfiR3— Isaiah, but pronounced correctly. (@Isaiah, but pronounced correctly.)1511868589.0