Sunday Mirror - - SAIRAKHAN -

I refuse to be scared to speak out in case what I say might be taken out of con­text and used to vil­ify me. So I do feel sorry for Dame An­gela Lans­bury, left, star of TV crime se­ries Mur­der, She Wrote, be­cause I think this is ex­actly what hap­pened to her this week. In an in­ter­view dis­cussing sex­ual ha­rass­ment in the wake of the Har­vey Weinstein scan­dal, she said: “We must some­times take blame, women... al­though it’s aw­ful to say we can’t make our­selves look at­trac­tive with­out be­ing knocked down and raped.”

De­spite go­ing on to say that men had no ex­cuse for such be­hav­iour and that sex­ual ha­rass­ment in the in­dus­try had to stop, the ac­tress, who is 92, by the way, was widely pil­lo­ried.

Look, you don’t need to be a de­tec­tive to work out that what she was try­ing to con­vey was that it would be fan­tas­tic if women could walk down the street naked and not be ogled, wolf-whis­tled or taken ad­van­tage of, but we’re not there yet. So, un­til we are, be care­ful and stay safe.

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