Helen Mirren Talks About Date Rape

September 1, 2008 / Posted by:

Time to put our “uncomfortable” caps on and hold hands! Helen Mirren is talking about date rape.

In the new issue of GQ Magazine (via Telegraph), Helen admits that she was date-raped a couple of times when she was younger. She said they never hit her, but she was locked in a room and forced to have sex. She never said “no,” because she was too naive back then. Helen also never reported the incidents to the police. She said, “No, you couldn’t do that in those days. It’s such a tricky area, isn’t it? Especially if there is no violence. I mean, look at Mike Tyson. I don’t think he was a rapist.” Mike Tyson thanks you for that comment, Helen.

Helen said that if a woman takes a dude to bed, gets naked, and then tells him “no” at the last second and he ignores her, it’s rape. But she went on to say, “I don’t think she can have that man into court under those circumstances. I guess it is one of the many subtle parts of the men/women relationship that has to be negotiated and worked out between them.” Negotiate?! Like over milk and cookies?

Gulp. This talk about date rape makes my nails sweat. Someone pass me a glass of water. I just got an uncomfortable lump in my throat. In the meantime, someone show Helen a PSA on date rape. NO MEANS NO!

In the interview, Helen also talked about coke! Now that I can handle. She said she used to adore coke. She said, “I loved coke. I never did a lot, just a little bit at parties.” She said she stopped doing it in the 80s when Klaus Barbie was found living off of a cocaine baron in South America. “I saw how my little sniff of cocaine at a party had an absolute direct route to this … horrible man in South America.

Yes, Helen. Talk more about cocaine and less about date rape.

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