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    Lily Allen Recalled The "Horrendous" Rape Joke That Russell Brand, Noel Fielding, And Jonathan Ross Made About Her In 2007

    The singer and actor got real about the moment in a new interview.

    This post contains discussion of rape.

    If you're of a certain age, you remember what Lily Allen's pop culture presence was like in the mid-to-late 2000s.

    Closeup of Lily Allen smiling

    Similar to many female-identifying celebrities during the time, Lily was subject to near-constant coverage and scrutiny from the British tabloids and media in general.

    Lily Allen onstage holding a cup

    In 2007, Lily appeared on the BBC program The Big Fat Quiz of the Year 2007 alongside other British celebs like Jonathan Ross, Jimmy Carr, Noel Fielding, and Russell Brand — the latter of whom has recently faced multiple rape and sexual assault allegations.

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    At 2:55 in the above video, Jonathan offers to move Lily, "the only sexually attractive young lady" on the show, away from Russell and Noel to a "sexless zone." “And then Lily may go home with her dress still on,” he follows up.

    Lily's response to his comment is pretty obvious.

    Closeup of Lily Allen cringing

    "How dare you? We're not rapists," Noel replies with mock outrage.

    Closeup of Noel and Russell

    "Why are you wearing a cape if you're not a rapist?" Jimmy asks.

    Closeup of Jimmy Carr

    After some jokes about Jack the Ripper and the difference between serial murderers and rapists, Russell says, “There's a difference. There is no direct corollary between rapes and capes, it’s just a rhyme. Leave him alone."

    Closeup of Noel and Russell

    In a new interview with Grazia, Lily reflected on what it felt like to be subject to such frankly disgusting banter — and, not a surprise, she wasn't a fan of the experience.

    Closeup of Lily Allen

    She framed it as a moment "where I was on a chat show with Russell Brand and Noel Fielding and Jonathan Ross. And there are comments, I think, about me being raped or something."

    Lily Allen

    "And I laugh along with it. In retrospect, that’s really horrendous."

    Closeup of Lily Allen

    Lily added that her feelings about the incident are unquestionably different now than they were then, and that's both owed to time passed and the pervasiveness of misogyny in 2000s popular culture.

    Closeup of Lily Allen

    “It makes me uncomfortable, but I don’t think I felt that at the time, because it was the culture."

    Closeup of Lily Allen

    Read the entire profile here.

    If you or someone you know has experienced sexual assault, you can call the National Sexual Assault Hotline at 1-800-656-HOPE (4673), which routes the caller to their nearest sexual assault service provider. You can also search for your local center here.