Twitter Is Really Mad At Beloved Icon Angela Lansbury

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The recent sexual misconduct allegations against Harvey Weinstein have led to many long overdue conversations about workplace sexual harassment and revived the #MeToo movement started 10 years ago by Tarana Burke.
Unfortunately, whenever the topic of sexual misconduct is placed front and centre, it opens the door for people to make wildly inaccurate and offensive victim-blaming statements. As much as I hate to be the bearer of bad news, beloved icon Angela Lansbury threw around a whole lot of victim-blaming comments during an interview 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 told Radio Times.
Say what? But wait, there's more. "Should women be prepared for this? No, they shouldn’t have to be! There’s no excuse for that," she continued. "And I think it will stop now – it will have to. I think a lot of men must be very worried at this point."
So Lansbury seems to think that, because a handful of men are finally being held accountable for their actions, sexual violence is officially about to become a thing of the past.
I hardly know where to begin (why, Angela, why?), but Twitter users quickly took Lansbury to task for her problematic comments.
And plenty of people weren't here for the excuse that Lansbury was raised during a different era. As one user pointed out, her age means she had a front-row seat to decades of social progress and change.
Of course, people were also eager to dispel the myth that women are sexually assaulted and raped because of how they dress. (Seriously, can this myth please go away already? How many times do we have to explain that sexual violence is about power, not appearance?)
Lansbury also told the outlet that during her lengthy career she was never subjected to sexual harassment or abuse. I'm genuinely happy and relieved to hear that she was spared something awful that so many other women have endured, but I hope she does some reflecting and recognizes that women who have suffered at the hands of powerful men aren't to blame.
She may be 92, but it's never too late to learn a thing or two about sexual violence.
If you have experienced sexual violence of any kind, please visit Rape Crisis or call 0808 802 9999.

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