Burt's Bees: Issue a real apology and agree to stop production of products that legitimize street harassment.
  • Petitioned Nick Vlahos

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Vice President and General Manager of Burt's Bees
Nick Vlahos

Burt's Bees: Issue a real apology and agree to stop production of products that legitimize street harassment.

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      Hollaback!

Street harassment, commonly referred to as catcalling, is the most common form of gender-based violence globally. Long-term impacts include depression, anxiety, post-traumatic stress disorder, and at ihollaback.org, victims report missing school, changing jobs or moving homes to avoid exposure.

The Burt’s Bees packaging pictured here perpetuates the myth that people “like” street harassment that victims “ask for it." They are trying to sell lotion with the promise of the male gaze, when really all we want is lotion from a company that endorses our right to feel safe and confident in public space. As customers of Burt’s Bees, we’re sorely disappointed, and demand an immediate public apology followed by the immediate removal of the product from production.

NOTE: We would like to thank Colleen Kiphart for calling this out on twitter, bringing it to our attention, and co-writing this petition. With amazing women like Colleen on our team, we're confident we can win this.

To:
Nick Vlahos, Vice President and General Manager of Burt's Bees
To demonstrate your support for people who are street harassed globally, issue a real apology, agree to stop production of products that legitimize street harassment, and make a donation to organizations working to end street harassment and other forms of gender-based violence.

Sincerely,
[Your name]

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    • Kevin Pierce CHICO, CA
      • 8 months ago

      Because you look so hot in those jeans baby.

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    • Sarah Brechner GOODLETTSVILLE, TN
      • 8 months ago

      "Cat calling" should not be encouraged EVER! It is demeaning to women. I have always hated it.

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    • Kevin Pierce CHICO, CA
      • 8 months ago

      Because you look damn fine in them jeans girl!

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    • Patricia Brick LAS VEGAS, NV
      • 8 months ago

      Harassment is not something to idealise.

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    • Rose Berkman CARBONDALE, IL
      • 8 months ago

      When I was young I subscribed to New Moon, a feminist magazine for girls. In the back Burt's Bees products were available to order. Remember your roots. There was a time when you were supportive of young women and their self esteem. Don't let that past get overshadowed by something stupid you're doing now. FIX THIS.

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