A member of Bachelor Nation has created a miniature PSA for the Mary Sue’s new phone number. In an effort to spread the word about the site’s awesome resource, Bachelor in Paradise bartender and amateur puppeteer Wells Adams tweeted about The Mary Sue Rejection Hotline on Friday. In a short video, the radio DJ from JoJo Fletcher's season of The Bachelorette points to a phone number at the bottom of the screen and says,
“OK, this number right here, you can give it to creepy or overly aggressive guys, and when they call it or message it, it responds with, ‘Oh, hello there. You’ve made a woman feel unsafe. You should learn to take no for an answer.’ I love this. I wonder how many Hollywood execs have gotten this message. Probably all of them.”
As Bustle previously reported, The Mary Sue recently set up a phone number that people can give out to “creeps just to get them out of your face.” Here’s how it works: Memorize the number (646) 926-6614 like it’s your own, give it to any person who refuses to leave you alone until you give them a number, and let the chips fall where they may. Ideally, the person will take the number, leave you be for the rest of the evening, fall face-first into a pile of shame when they eventually dial the number, spend a good 45 minutes staring at their own reflection, and realize their aggro behavior has got to stop.
Here's the automated message when you call (646) 926-6614:
“Oh hello there. If you’re hearing this message, you’ve made a woman feel unsafe and/or disrespected. Please learn to take no for an answer and respect women’s emotional and physical autonomy. K THANKS.”
Because no stone shall be left unturned, The Mary Sue also created a text message response. As the site reports, "The text won’t be automatically sent, giving you enough time to GTFO, but it will be delivered to their inbox one hour later." The delayed text response is such a solid and inspired detail. Brava, The Mary Sue. Brava.
In a perfect world, you wouldn’t have to resort to giving a relentless guy a fake series of digits in order to get him out of your hair. But, as you might've gathered, this planet is far from perfect, and some people are pushy to a scary degree. Telling some rude dude at a bar that you’re not interested in him should be enough, but unfortunately, it doesn't always work. Desperate times call for clever measures, and though it is not the first of its kind, it's still a pretty clever measure. And it sounds like it's already taking care of business: According to Newsweek, the number received around 2,300 texts and over 1,000 calls in its first week.
No, this hotline won’t make the overarching issue disappear into thin air; it's a phone number, not a sorcerer's wand. However, it really can be a useful tool for people who are dealing with a persistent, phone number-obsessed pest. As The Mary Sue’s Daniella Bondar wrote,
“Do we think this will magically make men change their ways and stop making women feel unsafe? No. But if it helps even one woman in a situation where she feels uncomfortable or unsafe, or if it plants a seed in the mind of a single man who realizes his actions and makes a conscious effort to change, then it’s all worth it.”
There are lots of slime balls out there. You know it, the Mary Sue knows it, and Wells knows it. Anyway, the Bachelorette alumnus has always seemed like a good guy, and it's solid that he's using his platform to promote this service. Needless to say, Wells' PSA is a cool tweet.