Joanna Lumley calls modern women ‘pathetic’ and claims ‘it’s fashionable to be a victim’

Joanna Lumley has called modern women "pathetic" and claims "it's fashionable to be a victim".

The iconic actress and comedian, best known for her role as Patsy Stone on Absolutely Fabulous and as a Bond Girl in On Her Majesty's Secret Service in 1967, discussed her opinions on the #MeToo movement and said that "we have gone mad".

The 74 year old looked back at her modelling days and remarked that women were "tough" back then, as she spoke about sexism and harassment.

Speaking to Prospect Magazine, Joanna said: "If someone whistled at you in the street, it didn't matter, if someone was groping, we slapped their hands.

"We were quite tough and looked after ourselves… the new fashion is to be a victim, a victim of something. It's pathetic, we have gone mad."

Joanna has enjoyed a varied career, first launching herself into the spotlight as a model in the first three years of her career, before turning to acting when she landed an uncredited role in Some Girls Do.

Her other acting accolades include being a Bond Girl in On Her Majesty's Secret Service in 1967, a role on 70s TV series The New Avengers – which some consider to be her big break, a part in Sapphire and Steel, and eventually perhaps her most iconic role as Patsy on Absolutely Fabulous, which first aired in 1992.

She starred alongside fellow actress Jennifer Saunders, who played Edina Monsoon, a career-minded woman with chronic alcoholism, who, alongside her best friend, fellow alcoholic and drug-addict Patsy, drive her daughter Saffron crazy with their antics.

Joanna described how she was "broke" when she landed her role as Purdey in The New Avengers.

She told The Sydney Morning Herald: "Even when my name was well known, my bank balance was still in the red.

"People can't imagine that. They think with fame comes mass money, which of course it doesn't."

Joanna described how actors in those days were paid just a couple of hundred pounds, claiming that the pay for the stars of the Carry On films took home £200 for their roles.

The star is set to be back on our screens this Christmas as she reprises her guest role as Felicity, mother of Amanda (Lucy Punch) on BBC2 comedy, Motherland.

The show originally aired in 2016, and it comically follows the trials and tribulations of a group of mothers with children at primary school.

The Christmas special, named Motherland: Last Christmas, airs on Friday, 23 December at 9:30PM on BBC One and iPlayer.


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