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Pregnant Olivia Wilde’s message to subway passengers who refused to offer her a seat


In case you missed it: Olivia Wilde is pregnant. Like, visibly, seriously pregnant, with a sizeable bump and everything.

Also, in case you missed it: if you see a pregnant woman standing up on the underground, it’s always nice to offer her a seat.

Sadly, the latter memo often seems to slip people’s minds. You might assume that a pregnant Hollywood movie star would be guaranteed a seat on the subway (even if non-famous women often don't receive the same treatment) – but nope.

After riding the subway and being offered a seat by literally no one on Wednesday, Wilde took to Twitter to voice her exasperation. 

The actress, who announced in April that she and her husband (actor and comedian Jason Sudeikis) were expecting their second child, wrote: “NBD, able-bodied riders who won’t give your seat to a GIANT preggo. I’ll just stand riiiiight next to your head and pray I go into labor.”

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Wilde with the (then also-pregnant) Emily Blunt at the Met Gala in May: obviously pregnant, even four months ago.

Inevitably, as soon as Wilde posted her tweet, several tiresome characters began arguing that um, they totally shouldn’t have to offer pregnant women a seat because, like, they’ve paid for a ticket as well? (Truly, ours is a golden era of good manners.)

One gentlemanly soul going by the name of ‘Kyle’ tweeted:

“@oliviawilde 1. I didn’t tell u to get pregnant 2. Get an Uber (you can afford it) 3. I paid the same amt as you for the subway ride.”

Wilde response to Kyle was swift, clear, and in exactly the manner we might have hoped.

Of course, Wilde is far from the only pregnant woman who’s ever found herself forced to stand on the subway, her bump going conveniently unnoticed by other passengers.

Read more: These are the most unpopular baby names of 2016 so far

Earlier this year, we asked Stylist readers to share their stories of being pregnant on public transport in the UK. The responses were extraordinary: one woman told us that she was asked to move to make room for a cello (!), while another recalled how other passengers would pretend to be asleep as soon as she boarded the train.

So look, everyone (and especially you, Kyle): a pregnant woman is literally growing another person inside her. The least you can do is offer her your seat on the tube.


Image: Rex Features



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