Sophia Bush's Letter to Man Who Harassed Her Is Perfect -- but It Sucks It Has to Exist

Sophia Bush is a beautiful, public woman who is adored by tons of fans. That doesn't, however, make her public property. And sadly, that's a fact she needed to remind -- through an open letter posted to her Twitter -- the "Random Dude on a plane" she encountered recently who felt entitled to harass her because he watches her show.


"Dear Random Dude on a plane," Bush started the letter. The rest is so angry, you can practically feel her thumbs shaking as she types:

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 not to speak to her with the tone and words you're choosing to use) that she finally GETS UP and MOVES SEATS, leave her alone.

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Here's the whole letter in all of its glory:

It's a hassle plenty of women out in public on their own have dealt with. It can get especially scary when traveling, since people tend to turn to booze and pills to counteract travel anxiety, taking the whole women-as-public-property vibe up a few notches for some men. 

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But for a public woman like Bush, who makes her living being lovely and relatable, the harassment can take on a whole new level of awfulness, as she explains later on in her letter:

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 .... You do not get to harass me or any woman because you think you pay our bills. You don't bro, I DO.

She signs the letter from "Every Woman On The Planet Who Is Sick Of Your Creepy Sh*t."

Yes. Yes, girl.

I love that we can call this stuff out for the aggressive, crappy behavior that it is. But wouldn't it be nice if we lived in a world where Sophia felt safe enough to tell that guy what she thought to his face? It shows how scary and aggressive absolute strangers can be to women -- so aggressive that rather than just telling that idiot to pound sand, Bush had to endure his behavior for the entire flight and vent on social media after the fact.

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Weren't there other people around? What about the crew? Why are we leaving women hanging like this to deal with harassment all on their own?

Let's get behind Sophia Bush, and all of the other women who refuse to smile on the street or respond to sexual compliments, and (if we feel safe enough) start calling these "Random Dudes" out whenever and wherever we see them. If we stand up and shame behavior like that, maybe other women won't have to deal with it, too.

Sorry you had to deal with that, Sophia. Hopefully one day we can make all of the world's creepy random dudes uncomfortable enough to mind their manners around women.

Until then, we can dream anyway. 


Image via Janet Mayer/Splash News

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