Saturday, screenwriter-producer-director Kevin Smith got in, shall we say, a spat – with Southwest Airlines. And boy did it get ugly fast.
How ugly? It was all over TMZ and, more extensively, on Gawker. The story: a Southwest flight attendant approached Smith, while he was seated on the plane, bag stowed – and told the filmmaker that the captain of the flight “deemed him a safety risk” which Smith took to be a code of sorts for “too fat to fly” – or too fat to fly without buying a second seat, which indeed, Smith has done in the past. Smith says, “I know I’m fat” but he also felt abused, and got busy. On Twitter.
Smith began tweeting and tweeting - unfortunately, most of his comments are so thoroughly NSFW* that I can only offer up some fragments. Keep reading and I’ll show you what I can…
- “I broke no regulation, offered no ‘safety risk’ (what, was I gonna roll on a fellow passenger?).”
- “Thank God I don’t..embarrass easily (bless you, JERSEY GIRL training).”
- Wanna tell me I’m too wide for the sky? Totally cool. But fair warning, folks: IF YOU LOOK LIKE ME, YOU MAY BE EJECTED FROM @SOUTHWESTAIR.
- “@SouthwestAir? You [blanked] with the wrong sedentary processed-foods eater!”
Southwest offered Smith multiple apologies via Twitter and phone calls and noted rather mildly on the airline’s blog that “many of you reached out to us” – I’ll bet – Smith has 1.6 million followers on Twitter, and I imagine many of them “reached out”. Meanwhile, Southwest did offer Smith a $100 voucher good for future travel on the airline – but unless I’m reading this guy wrong, I doubt he’ll be taking up that offer any time soon.
I love to hear your thoughts on this…
*Not safe for work