05/10/2016 07:23 BST | Updated 05/10/2016 11:17 BST

Joanna Lumley Says Modern Women Are ‘Too Sensitive’ And Should Take Wolf Whistling ‘As A Compliment’

'People are very offended by everything.'

Joanna Lumley has entered the debate on casual sexism, claiming modern women are “too sensitive”.

The ‘Absolutely Fabulous’ star added that wolf whistling should be taken as a “compliment”.

“How can wolf whistling be offensive to women? It’s a compliment,” she told The Mirror.

“They’re saying ‘Cor you look all right, darlin’. What’s wrong with that?”

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The 70-year-old actress insists that women had become “sensitive flowers” who were offended by “everything”.

Speaking about her time modelling in the 60s, Joanna says she had to have thick skin to deal with comments aimed at her by photographers.

She explained: “We were tougher in those days. You knew someone would whistle in the street and you weren’t insulted.

“We have become sensitive flowers nowadays, people are very offended by everything.

“When I was modelling photographers were much ruder, they’d say ‘you look frightful, what’s the matter with you?’ You look podgy, you look fat as a pig’.”

She added: “It was good-natured banter, you kind of got on with it, it didn’t upset you.”

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Jennifer Saunders and Joanna Lumley are set to reprise their roles as Eddy and Patsy in a second 'Ab Fab' movie.

Meanwhile, we could be seeing Joanna back on the big screen as Patsy Stone after Jennifer Saunders revealed that a sequel to this year’s ‘Ab Fab’ movie is on the cards.

Jennifer said: “We’re doing it again, certainly. If people go and watch it, yes.”

Joanna added: “It is always fun to go back to those ridiculous people.”

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