The Internet recently had the pleasure of being reminded that Helen Mirren has been shutting down sexism like a total boss dame for decades.
On Saturday (August 20), a video clip from 1975 was posted to Facebook showing a 30-year-old Mirren being interviewed by British talk show host Michael Parkinson — and his questions were abysmally sexist.
"You are in quotes a serious actress," Parkinson began, only to be immediately shut down by Mirren: "In quotes? What do you mean in quotes? How dare you."
Things only got worse from there, as he went on to imply that her breasts — or her "equipment," as he put it — were prohibiting her from having her work being taken seriously. And her take-down (including the line "Because serious actresses can't have big bosoms, is that what you mean?") was on point, especially considering this was her first-ever talk show appearance.
I can’t think that can necessarily be true. I mean what a crummy performance if people are obsessed with the size of your bosoms more than anything else. I would hope that the performance and the play and the living relationship between all the people on the stage and all the people in the audience overcome such boring questions.YAAASS, dame! You tell him!
In honor of Mirren's sheer boss-like brilliance, we've compiled a ranking of her other most priceless woke moments. Here are 11 times Mirren was the feminist hero the world needed.
When she twerked on stage at Harvard (you read that right).
Mirren was being honored by Harvard's Hasty Pudding Theatricals, America's oldest undergraduate drama troupe, as their Woman of the Year, when she was asked to twerk. Gamely, she obliged, thus dethroning Miley Cyrus as the year's Twerking Queen.
And then again on "Live With Kelly and Michael."
During this same 2014 appearance, Mirren also had some thoughts on "Fifty Shades of Grey" to share: "Whips and chains are not my style, but who doesn’t like a jolly good spanking once in a while?"
When she shared a smooch with Rachel McAdams and "liked it."
It's well known Mirren (who's been married to husband Taylor Hackford since 1997) has inspired feelings of love and lust in more than one Hollywood star, including McAdams. The two women, who co-starred in the 2009 film "State of Play," even shared an unscripted on-screen smooch, according to McAdams.