Sophia Bush Didn't Go To Afghanistan Because Of Her Last Name
Not that many of you care, but Sophia Bush was forced to pull out of a trip to Afghanistan because of her last name basically. Apparently, people warned her that al-Qaeda leader's devotees would mistake her for former U.S. president George W. Bush's daughter.
In her blog for MarieClaire.com, she writes, "As threat levels in Afghanistan skyrocketed, my plans to travel there hit a wall. One military worker explained it to me this way, 'A 20-something brunette girl whose last name is Bush probably shouldn't be heading into Kabul right now. If they think you're the former President's daughter, you'd make quite a target for them'. The sentiment was unanimous: I should not travel into Afghanistan until the dust settles.
"So, Karen and I hatched a new plan. She was still going - she had been there many times before and wouldn't raise any suspicions by going back. And her passport doesn't bear an unfortunate political surname, the way mine does. (For the record, my dad is from Canada, and I am in no way related to President Bush)."