Actress Sophia Bush is taking a stand on an issue that far too many women can relate to.
Street harassment and similar unwanted advances frequently make women feel unsafe and uncomfortable, and it doesn't help that the media so often sends the message that men should take rejection as a challenge. An article titled "How to Talk to a Woman Who is Wearing Headphones," for example, recently sparked controversy on Twitter.
Chicago P.D. star Sophia Bush shared her own experience on Twitter Friday night in an open letter to the "Random Dude" who harassed her on a plane. The efforts she took to avoid him, and the lack of respect he displayed, will sound familiar to a lot of women.
"When you make a woman so visibly uncomfortable," she began, "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."
She continued, "Do not continue trying to make conversation. Stop turning around and looking at her. Stop leaning out of your seat and towards her body when she has to grab something out of the overhead bin above her original seat, and sadly also above you, mid-flight."
Bush also addressed the added issue of fans who feel entitled to a celebrity's attention when they encounter them in public:
And in my case, stop believing that you are entitled to make me uncomfortable because you "watch my TV show" so I owe you some magical debt. 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 message, "Every Woman On The Planet Who Is Sick of Your Creepy Shit" and added a middle finger emoji.
A follower responded that she had witnessed Bush in a similar situation the weekend before and told her "sorry" about it, prompting the actress to thank her for her support.
Several other followers shared their appreciation that Bush was speaking out about an issue that affects so many women, famous or not.
Bush responded on Monday that "it's been wild to see how many people apparently needed the vent session as much as I did."