Hilarie Burton and Sophia Bush at the CW Launch y at WB Main lot in Burbank, California, United States. ***Exclusive*** (Photo by Chris Polk/FilmMagic)
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Sophia Bush has made it clear not to mess with her or her friends.
The star recently lashed out against social media users who hate on her friend and former co-star, Hilarie Burton after Burton said that they would not participate in the annual “One Tree Hill EyeCon convention.
Read more on Hilarie Burton and Sophia Bush HERE
On Tuesday, Burton took to Twitter to share the news that they would not participate in the upcoming EyeCon event or any of the company events in the future.
Sorry Maria. I will not attend an Eyecon events. Ever. I personally feel exploited by their “girl power” angle, which exists at the expense of some of us who went through a difficult time on that show. They use the sisterhood as a sales trick. No, thank you.
— Hilarie Burton (@HilarieBurton) March 27, 2018
Burton wrote, “I’m sorry, Maria. I will not attend an EyeCon events. Ever,” Burton wrote to a fan. “I personally feel exploited by their ‘girl power’ angle, which exists at the expense of some of us who went through a difficult time on that show. They use the sisterhood as a sales trick. No, thank you.”
After sharing her feelings, “One Tree Hill” actress received a response from angry fans who have responded to her statement, the defence of the EyeCon women’s empowerment theme.
A user wrote: “@HilarieBurton ‘Girl Power Corner’ WOW I’m part of the Eyecon company of women and I’m on that ME ALSO on the list! You know nothing about US or the women who help me get out of bed once a day, so I find myself again.”
Another suspect Burton of the calling of the “Girl Power” theme is a “corner” and said, “‘Girl Power’ is not in a corner, it is a way of life. I am proud to work for a company that consists of mainly women. I am proud to be part of a company that brings a smile on the faces of the people. I am proud to be part of @EyeCon3000.”
Fixed it for you: “Sophia Bush goes to Hilarie Burton’s defense after Burton stated that she felt abused by a convention group in to play on the One Tree Hill girls’ experiences with Mark Schwahn, and that openly, and repeatedly attacked Burton.” https://t.co/83s9HbZB7t
— Sophia Bush (@SophiaBush) March 29, 2018
But it didn’t take long for Bush to intervene and defend her friend. The actress shut down the haters and said in a tweet, “Hilarie Burton is my sister. Don’t f— with her. Period.”
Along with the tweet, Bush shared images of an extensive post where she defended Burton’s views.
I acted unlawfully in the direction of Mrs. Burton and I offer my sincere apologies
— Ben Affleck (@BenAffleck) October 11, 2017
In the message, Bush elaborates on the question why she, Burton and the other women in the industry feel like they are being “exploited.” Bush wrote, “do you Want to know why Hil said she feels exploited by this ’empowerment’ con? Also adding my name in the hat. Because so do I. We told our stories. As a united front. We refused to let it get tabloidy and gross. And then suddenly announced an agreement that they want to women? Now, that would be FINE – wonderful, even – IF THEY HAD told US ABOUT. She Had called our representatives and said: “as co-victims in our own ways, we want the following con all about women and to raise money for women’s charities.’ That they did not. Let me repeat. They. Did that. NOT.”
Burton later responded to Bush’s post by sharing a photo of the two from “One Tree Hill” with the caption, ” For life. X”
This is not the first time that Burton has made controversial headlines. Back in October, the actress came out and accused Ben Affleck groping her while on the set of MTV’s TRL in 2003.
After facing a backlash on social media, Affleck later issued an apology to Burton via Twitter.
A month after Burton spoke about Affleck, it was reported that the “One Tree Hill showrunner Mark Schwahn, was accused of sexual harassment by 18 members of the cast and crew. Since the news of Schwahn’s inappropriate behavior broke, the executive was fired from his current post as showrunner for E!’s scripted series, “The Royals.”
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