Dame Angela Lansbury, legendary star of stage and screen (including my all-time favorite Disney movie Bedknobs and Broomsticks), was interviewed by British Radio Times this week promoting her appearance in BBC’s upcoming adaptation of Little Women. After the subject of sexual assault was brought up, 92-year-old Lansbury delivered a take that feels, hm, about 92 years old.
“We have to own up to the fact that women, since time immemorial, have gone out of their way to make themselves attractive,” she said. “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.”
The actress then attempted to walk back those victim-blamey remarks by adding that women “shouldn’t have to be” prepared for this.
Idolize no one!
I don’t think there’s a German word for the teensy-weensy laugh one lets out upon learning that Billy Bush was knocked in the head with a golf ball and released from the hospital with a clean bill of health, but there is a [fictional] Scandinavian word for the sport in which one repeatedly hits oneself in the head. It’s “Gowhackanoggin.”
And before you say, Bobby! Don’t make jokes about Billy Bush playing Gowhackanoggin! That’s cruel! please note that Bush himself solicited them in the following instagram:
We’re about to suffer through a year of headlines like this.
- Armie Hammer deleted his Twitter because he hated a Buzzfeed piece about him. [Just Jared]
- Never ever click this. [People]
- Bret Ratner’s former barber appears to rule. [Page Six]
- Margot Robbie is learning. [Celebitchy]
- Beth Chapman is cancer-free. [People]
- Speaking of, Dog the Bounty Hunter used to be appointment TV for me. Same with Airline. Remember Airline? What a great show. Should be revived.