Helen Mirren compares nurses to prostitutes

According to actress Helen Mirren, a number of prostitutes “actually come from the nursing industry, which kind of makes sense.”

The Emmy, Golden Globe and Academy Award-winning actress made her controversial remarks on The Late Show with David Letterman, where she was promoting her latest film, Love Ranch. Mirren visited a brothel to research her role, and when Letterman asked her opinion of the working girls, she made her eye-popping statement. Take a listen:

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At least David Letterman doesn’t seem to share her attitude. After his quintuple heart bypass in 2000, he had his entire medical team, including doctors and nurses, on his show to publicly thank them for their hard work and dedication.

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Jennifer Fink, RN, BSN

Jennifer is a professional freelance writer with over eight years experience as a hospital nurse. She has clinical experience in adult health, including med-surg, geriatrics and transplant; she also has a particular interest in women’s health and cancer care. Jennifer has written a variety of health and parenting articles for national publications.

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6 Responses to Helen Mirren compares nurses to prostitutes

  1. Lyn Daugherty

    That comment was ignorant, as well as rude. The first nurses were former prostitutes, not the other way around!

  2. Shelly

    I hope this woman doesn’t need any nursing care anytime soon…it would be hard to treat her knowing she thinks burned out nurses (damaged) become prostitutes. People in Hollywood have no clue what real people do to make a living. I am proud to be a nurse, and do not appreciate being compared to a prostitute in the least!!!

  3. D

    Clearly the bleach from her horrible dye job ate into her brain!

  4. I’m actually not sure where Helen Mirren compared nurses to prostitutes in this. While she makes a strange (and absurdly broad) generalization by saying a lot of the prostitutes “come from the nursing profession” because of their comfort with naked bodies and bodily functions etc etc…she didn’t actually compare a nurse to a prostitute at all. I think she was trying to be witty – and oftentimes dry English wit falls really flat here in the States.

  5. Patty Creed

    Lighten up. I think there are a lot of other issues to get your panties in a twist over – like the oil spill that is doing unbelievable damage to the (probably world) ecosystem due to the greed of politicians and multinationals. Or, you can choose to spend sleepless nights over a thoughtless, but not ill-intentioned, statement by someone you don’t know and whose opinion you don’t really need to worry about. If you are concerned that this type of -COME ON! – late night talk show fluff is going to color the opinions of the masses, then you don’t have much faith in our profession’s professionalism.

  6. Holly

    I have to agree with Sharon… She wasn’t calling nurses prostitutes, she was saying that some of the prostitutes came from the nursing profession- which makes sense because they are comfortable with naked bodies and bodily functions. None of us are perfect. In reality, there are prostitutes that used to be nurses. Making such a statement is a simple statement of truth… Similar to saying our former president had an extramarital affair, or a psychiatrist had a history of drug abuse, ect. The truth is just the truth.