When a One Tree Hill fan found a still from her favorite show in her school textbook, she was delighted and tagged star Hilarie Burton on Twitter as she posted the photo. Much to the fan’s delight, Hilarie tweeted back!
The picture which was of Hilarie and Chad Michael Murray as their characters Peyton Sawyer and Lucas Scott in an embrace was in the textbook as part of the imagery adolescents are exposed to when it comes to sex.
The textbook’s caption sort of blamed television and the internet for adolescents being curious about sex and not the hormones raging through their changing bodies, but…you know…
Hilarie Burton Wishes There Had Been A Woman In Power To Champion The Girls On The ‘One Tree Hill’ Set
Hilarie’s tweet back, however, wasn’t as light-hearted as some would expect.
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) March 4, 2021
She wrote, “Embarrassed by this. Teen girl sexuality was a cornerstone of #oth, so its gross to me that there were no women in positions of power there. No one we could turn to to advocate for us. Men telling the stories of girl sexuality is a red flag. I want a do-over with a girl boss.”
Co-star Sophia Bush who played Brooke Davis on One Tree Hill, a prime time soap aimed at teens that ran for 9 years from 2003, replied to Hilarie’s Tweet with a simple, but powerful “co-sign.”
Another co-star Kate Voegele, who joined the cast as Mia Catalano from 2008 until 2011 also supported Hilarie’s idea
Me three. I’m breathing a sigh of relief just thinking about a woman making those wardrobe decisions!
— katevoegele (@katevoegele) March 4, 2021
“Me three. I’m breathing a sigh of relief just thinking about a woman making those wardrobe decisions!” Voegele responded.
Though ten of the two dozen writers for One Tree Hill were women, it is obvious the girls felt they needed someone in power who would understand if they were uncomfortable about a scene, a costume or perhaps the conduct of the men on set.
In November of 2017, both Hilarie and Sophia stepped forward in support of one of those ten female writers, Audrey Wauchope. In all, 18 cast and crew members accused Mark Schwahn, the show’s creator of sexual harassment on set.
Definitely, some girl-bosses needed on that set!
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