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Dame Helen Mirren dressed as the Queen tells gay festival drummers to ‘shut the f**k up’

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  1. casperthegood 6 May 2013, 10:39am

    You just can’t buy publicity like that.

  2. What a show that must have been. A true patron :)

  3. the caption on the picture has got to be the best…

    1. Very unprofessional.

      1. If he had stopped the play midway then that would have been unprofessional, but seeing as it was the interval, then it wasn’t!

        1. Harlequin 7 May 2013, 2:11am

          I disagree. If a performance were being disturbed so much that it was affecting the audience’s enjoyment I would personally indeed stop midway (as I was advised to do in drama school).

  4. Michael 2912 6 May 2013, 10:54am

    I’m afraid that my hackles rise whenever I see or read about this utterly self-regarding woman. Whatever she said or didn’t say the person who should shut-the-fuck-up is her. I know this won’t be popular.

  5. ColinJones 6 May 2013, 10:57am

    Helen Mirren calls herself a socialist but she’s always sucking up to the monarchy, that what happens when you get made a dame I suppose.

    1. Relevance to the story?

    2. What makes you think Helen Mirren sucks up to the monarchy? If she does (and I’ve never noticed), then she certainly put those sentiments aside when she gave such an unflattering (if subtly so) portrayal of QEII in the film “The Queen”.

  6. There is nothing like a dame.

  7. Colin (London) 6 May 2013, 11:56am

    Chill out you lot. Those of us who were introduced by our parents to Judy Garland understand a strong woman who struggled.

    We have had to struggle so understand. Helen is a strong good looking woman for her age, with a brain and well we would have done the same …lol

    Great woman, great actress, smoldering couger and I like a woman with opinions and guts.
    Best to all especially Helen Mirren.

  8. GingerlyColors 6 May 2013, 12:03pm

    What does Dame Helen Mirren expect when you get 200 drummers? Peace and quiet?

    1. Harlequin 7 May 2013, 2:14am

      I do not think that she, or anyone involved in or watching the production, expected any drummers at all

  9. I was in the audience. The drumming was extremely off putting and frankly a public nuisance. Whether the drummers were gay or not is mind-blowingly irrelevant.

    1. Wait, this story is real? Between the surrealness of events described and the very… unfitting for a news site caption on the photo, I was half convinced someone’d hacked Pink News.

  10. One takes it she was not fxxxing amused:)

  11. Graham Shelmerdine 6 May 2013, 12:49pm

    Good on her… She was only saying what hundreds inside and probably outside were thinking. There are times and places for banging drums but performance time in the middle of Theatreland isn’t one of them!

    1. Graham S. 6 May 2013, 9:00pm

      No-one supports the LGBT community more than the theatre industry and I’m quite surprised at the lack of empathy for Helen Mirren over this and the disrespect these guys had to do this right outside a theatre during a performance

  12. Colin (London) 6 May 2013, 1:27pm

    Loving it
    and yes so right
    Best

  13. Terry Stewart 6 May 2013, 1:59pm

    Good for Helen, just f**k off and drum somewhere else.
    I love a queen that throws her tiara and tells it as it is.

  14. The vile Orange Nation group aren’t satisfied with milking the gay scene of money and lives, they now want to embarrass us by making unbearable noise in Soho to further promote their drug fuelled events.
    I also suspect this story has been made up by their PR team because they aren’t selling enough tickets!

    1. Orange Nation???

      1. Harlequin 7 May 2013, 2:18am

        “The drummers paraded past the theatre to promote [a] festival that is being held later this month … organised by gay clubbing brand Orange Nation …”

  15. Spanner1960 6 May 2013, 3:04pm

    I’m split over this, sure, the drummers are cool and it’s fun to see them bang on, but equally it must be a bit bloody annoying trying to do a show with that racket going on, and just the vision of the Queen telling them to shut the f*ck up has to be the funniest thing ever.

    Apparently they all stopped and carried on further up the street which was decent of them. I just think her ladyship could a little more civil about it. Had Mirren played the role and one asked one’s minions to please shush, I’m sure it would have had the same response.

  16. Spanner1960 6 May 2013, 3:07pm

    Yes, but we pay taxes for your brats education and family planning we don’t benefit from, and we still aren’t allowed to get married, so be thankful for small mercies.

  17. how is it, every other news publication ive read this story on has failed to state they were ‘gay drummers’ whether they was gay or straight or like to canoodle with hamsters, they were causing a disruption to an amazing show! if i were Dame Helen Mirren i would have said more than Shut the front door believe me

  18. Terry Stewart 6 May 2013, 5:27pm

    “lying, whinging, self-centred gay-extremist brigade”. A rather extreme response. Someone has rattled your cage badly, or does your profile name say it all. Get a life.

  19. factsandfigures 6 May 2013, 5:50pm

    Is the issue here of that of the House Of Lords conduct and if so breach? I refer http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld/ldcond/ldcond.htm or http://www.publications.parliament.uk/pa/ld/ldcond/code.pdf

  20. Judith Iscariot 6 May 2013, 6:40pm

    I’d be just as irritated is there were a bunch of people banging on drums while I was trying to do my own job, whether they’re gay or not. And whether she’s Helen Mirren or some random unknown actor. This isn’t real news.

  21. Robert in S. Kensington 6 May 2013, 7:01pm

    You’re an idiot. Helen is an ardent supporter of equal marriage and full equality for gay couple long before the equal marriage debate began in the UK. I’d do the same thing if someone were making a noise preventing me from doing my job, gay or straight. Maybe it is you who should get back to the closet where you belong which is more than a nice idea.

  22. heard she is now promoting the festival by wearing their t shirt…sign that kween er2 is also in support or not? wait till wednesday s speech…

  23. Judith Iscariot, what do you mean, “this is not real news”? Does “news” always have to be deadly serious, only talking about doom and gloom and who hates us the most this week? I think not!
    An amusing story like this, every now and againhelps people realize that there is still some nonsense in the world to make people smile and chuckle. We need that at least as much as knowing who is killing/beating/objecting to whom. It helps keep us human! To all of the uptight people who comment, I say, “Lighten Up and get over yourselves!” The world is serious enough without trying to drain ALL the chances for a snicker out of it!!

  24. It should be possible to publicize your event without disturbing others who are trying to do their job or watch a play they have paid dearly for. Well done Helen for giving them the rough edge of your tongue.
    Drumming outside a theatre? Bunch I’d selfish, thoughtless morons.

  25. Dennis Velco 7 May 2013, 12:07am

    Gay or not… drummers, audience, Dame or Queens….

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  26. Are the Tories so desperate for Pride publicity that they are recruiting BGT to bang on for them?

  27. This is news? 7 May 2013, 10:59am

    ok, so she tells some idiots – who are disturbing both the actors AND the audience – to take their drums elsewhere.

    And first it is big news… WHY?
    And second, some people think she is a gay hater or hypocrite for doing the blatantly obvious thing… seriously?!

  28. Michael Inkpin-Leissner 7 May 2013, 2:41pm

    who cares whether that was a gay festival or not? If If I would have been there, I would have been less reserved as Dame Helen. I am a proud gay civil partnered man with a taste of culture. I would be the leader of shutting that annoying drummers of ON THAT OCCASION!

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