Unfortunately, it seems like no woman is immune from harassment—no matter who they are or what they are doing. Actress Sophia Bush took to Twitter on Friday to write an open letter to someone she sat next to on a plane. It starts, “Dear random dude on a plane”—and the “random dude” honestly sounds like the seatmate from hell. Bush writes that he wouldn’t leave her alone the entire flight. She even had to move seats mid-flight to get away from him.
“When you make a woman so visibly uncomfortable, that after you’ve ignored all visual cues to please leave her alone (one word answers, she pulls out a book, puts on a hat, she actually asks you to not speak to her with the tone and words you’re choosing to use) that she finally GETS UP and MOVES SEATS, leave her alone,” Bush wrote, her note accompanied by the middle finger emoji.
She says that even after she moved seats, the man kept turning around to look at her during the flight. When Bush had to get something out of her bag, still located above the original seat that she fled, the guy uncomfortably leaned towards her, too. Bush makes a point at the end of her letter that just because she’s a celebrity, it doesn’t mean strangers have the right to harass her.
“Stop believing that you are entitled to make me uncomfortable because you ‘watch my TV show’ so I owe you some magical debt,” she wrote. “I make it, you watch it. After that, the ‘exchange’ is done. You do not get to harass me, or any woman, because you think you pay our bills. You don’t bro, I DO.”
She signed the letter: “Sincerely, Every Woman On The Planet Who Is Sick Of Your Creepy Shit.” Props to Bush for calling out this man and explaining how no woman—famous or not—should have to endure that kind of treatment on a flight.
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