Sunday 25 September 2016

Watch: Helen Mirren handled her first (wildly sexist) tv interview like a boss

Published 23/08/2016 | 10:42

Helen Mirren in a 1975 interview with Michael Parkinson
Helen Mirren in a 1975 interview with Michael Parkinson
Helen Mirren in a 1975 interview with Michael Parkinson

Helen Mirren is a legend.

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A newly unearthed video of the British actress being interviewed by Michael Parkinson in 1975 sums up sexism in the '70s...which is marginally better today.

It takes him nearly a minute to ask the question, "Do you find in fact that this what could be best described as your equipment in fact hinders you perhaps in that pursuit?"

Translation: Do you think having large breasts means no one will take you seriously in your profession?

Her face says it all.

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Of course, she handled it like the boss, calling the questions "boring" and she as the interview progresses, she makes two more not so subtle digs.

FYI, when the video first began circulating, Mirren told The Telegraph she watched it on YouTube and was proud of how she handled herself.

“That’s the first talk show I’d ever done,” she said. “I was terrified. I watched it and I actually thought, bloody hell! I did really well. I was so young and inexperienced. And he was such a fucking sexist old fart. He was. He denies it to this day that it was sexist, but of course he was.”

Watch the video, here:

 

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