Helen Mirren Tells Gays to Shut Up
Hell hath no fury like Dame Helen Mirren interrupted.
While starring as Queen Elizabeth II in the play The Audience on London's West End, Mirren was recently forced to halt the performance to go shout at a group of noisy drummers outside promoting the LGBT summer gathering As One in the Park festival.
According to The Independent, Mirren shrieked, "Quiet! I'm trying to do a play in here! People have paid a lot of money for tickets."
The Oscar-winning actress later told The Telegraph, "I’m afraid there were a few ‘thespian’ words used. They got a very stern royal ticking off but I have to say they were very sweet and they stopped immediately."
Arriving for a subsequent performance wearing a self-customised T-shirt supporting As One in the Park group, she also said, "In another situation I would have been out here just enjoying it with all the punters. Unfortunately I was having to do a play at the same time."
“Not much shocks you on the gay scene," said parade organizer Mark McKenzie. "But seeing Helen Mirren dressed as the Queen cussing and swearing and making you stop your parade — that’s a new one.”
Mirren previously spoke about her appreciation for the gay audience in a 2010 interview with The Advocate.