Rosey Blair, the woman who filmed what she believed to be a budding romance between another woman and a man on a plane and turned the exchange between the two into a viral sensation under the hashtag #PlaneBae, has apologized after her tweeting led to the harassment and shaming of her subject. The woman who unknowingly starred in the social media saga has also spoken out, saying that her experience should be a lesson about the real and terrifying consequences that can arise when one broadcasts other people’s lives to social media without their consent.
“I did not ask for and do not seek attention. #PlaneBae is not a romance — it is a digital-age cautionary tale about privacy, identity, ethics and consent,” the woman said in a statement provided to Business Insider by her lawyer. “Strangers publicly discussed my private life based on patently false information. I have been doxxed, shamed, insulted, and harassed. Voyeurs have come looking for me online and in the real world.”
Blair, despite seeing her own social media popularity explode after the success of her #PlaneBae posts, deleted the popular Tweets earlier this week after she realized, albeit belatedly, that her social media documentation had violated the privacy of the purported “couple.”
“The last thing I want to do is remove agency and autonomy from another woman,” wrote Blair on Twitter. “I wish I could communicate the shame I feel in having done this, but I truly feel that at this point my feelings are irrelevant.”
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