Wolf-whistling is a compliment, says Joanna Lumley

Wolf-whistling is a compliment, says Joanna Lumley, by the BBC.

[S]he said wolf-whistlers were saying: “Cor, you look all right darlin’. … What’s wrong with that?”

The 70-year-old — an actor, presenter, campaigner, and former model — claimed people had become “sensitive flowers” who were “very offended by everything”.

In July, Nottinghamshire Police said wolf-whistling could be a hate crime. …

Ms Lumley said people had been “tougher” in the 1960s. “When I was modelling, photographers were much ruder,” she said. “They’d say: ‘You look frightful, what’s the matter with you?’, ‘You look podgy, you look fat as a pig.’ It was good-natured banter. You kind of got on with it, it didn’t upset you.”

In Worcester in April last year, a 23-year-old woman reported wolf-whistling builders to the police.

The police said it was a matter for the men’s employers. A builder involved called the wolf-whistling “a bit of banter”.

Women tend to only want attention from men they are interested in … but calling it a “hate crime” is ludicrous.