Monday, January 27, 2020

ONE TREE HILL's Sophia Bush: A Teen's Rack in Underwear

We were doing research for news of nympholepsy in the pop culture while listening to the Celeb News Ride [Subway] Home podcast (January 23, 2020) when Cait Raft related a story about Sophia Bush who claimed on Ashley Graham's Pretty Big Deal podcast (January 21, 2020) that the show runners of The CW's One Tree Hill (2003-2012) sexualized Brooke Davis - her 16-year-old character. 

Bush related to Graham:

"I fought a lot with the writers. I was sort of unaware of the power dynamics at play and I would just say things. I'd be like, 'I'm not doing this.'"

There was this sort of really weird thing. You look back at it, at the time, I didn't realize how inappropriate it was, but again, this was a long time ago. I remember my boss kept writing scenes for me to be in my underwear.

"And I was like, 'I'm not doing this, this is inappropriate. Like, I don't think this is what we should be teaching 16-year-old girls to be doing, and to be seeking validation this way.'"

Allegedly, Bush's boss replied, "Well you're not 16." (Bush was 21 when the first season aired.)

"And I said, 'But I'm playing 16, and if you want somebody to do it so badly, get somebody else to do it,'" 

"And he literally said to me, 'Well you're the one with the big f***ing rack everybody wants to see.' 

Frankly, we're flabbergasted that Bush was flabbergasted that her boss, the show runners and the writers wanted to use the allure of nymphets to get a rise out of the ratings. 

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