Helen Mirren Is the Coolest, Rides the New York City Subway Like a Regular Person

It's Dame Helen vs. the manspreaders.
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The internet had a field day last month when the New York City MTA revealed its new public service announcement signs, discouraging riders from engaging in various "impolite" behaviors such as "manspreading," nail clipping, and pole dancing (aka "showtime"). 

But we've got a better idea.

In lieu of designing and printing off all those cutesy, illustrated posters, the MTA should focus its efforts instead on creating just one, perfect sign—a sign that includes every element of what the exemplary subway passenger should be: from her compact sitting stance to her non-creepy, stranger-averting eyes to her ladylike purple gloves and handbag neatly clutched on her lap.

In other words, the sign would be the below photo of Dame Helen Mirren seated next to a shameless manspreader on the R train, which was snapped by Instagram user Jason Lowe and popularized on Buzzfeed this week. 

Thank you for doing your part to keep the peace, Hel. We should all be so blessed to share stale air with you underground. 


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