Lily Allen thinks about a terrible rape joke that was made about her years ago.
In a new interview with Grace On Monday, the 38-year-old singer opened up about her experiences in the spotlight during the “toxic media landscape” of the early hours. She particularly recalled a sickening moment that went viral amid sexual assault allegations against the 48-year-old comedian Russell Brand – when she performed The Big Fat Quiz of the year 2007 with him, Jimmy Carr, Noel FieldingAnd Jonathan Ross.
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At the start of the episode, Jonathan swapped places with Lily, calling her “the only sexually attractive young lady” on the show. His argument? The Jonathan Ross Show The presenter explained he was just trying to protect her by taking her away from Russell and Noel and into the “sexless zone”, adding:
“And then maybe Lily will go home with her dress on.”
WTF?! To which Noel immediately replied:
“How dare you – we are not rapists.”
Jimmy then asked why The Great British Bake Off The host wore a cloak “if [he] wasn’t a rapist.” Noel replied that the cloak was actually nothing more than a cloak belonging to Jack the Ripper – you know, the London serial killer who ended the lives of several women in the late 18th century. Russell then chimed in and pointed out that the person was a “serial killer,” adding:
“There is a difference. There is no direct consequence between rape and capes, it’s just a rhyme. Leave him alone.”
The whole back and forth on camera was a sickening moment of these men joking about rape, with Lily at the center. Take a look (below):
Not okay at all. But as we’ve learned in recent weeks amid the assault allegations, things about Russell’s long, long history of problematic and abhorrent behavior have come to light again. Now let’s reflect on the exchange GraceLily said the entire experience on the show was both “uncomfortable” and “horrible.” She said:
“[There was a clip] where I was on a talk show with Russell Brand and Noel Fielding and Jonathan Ross. And I think there are comments about me being raped or something like that. And I laugh with you. In hindsight, that’s really terrible. It makes me uncomfortable, but I don’t think I felt it at the time because it was the culture.”
Neither Russell, Jimmy, Noel nor Jonathan answered Lily’s call. What do you think about the resurfaced moment, Perezcious readers? Let us know in the comments.
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[Image via UK To The World/BBC Newsnight/The Jonathan Ross Show/YouTube]