Kevin Smith Kicked Off Southwest Plane for Being Chubby

I’m a bit biased here since I’ve been a huge fan of Kevin Smith since the first time I saw Clerks. Having said that, what the heck, Southwest Airlines? Kicking Silent Bob off a flight because he posed a “safety risk” for being a bit  on the chubby side? Come on – he’s hardly obese and definitely not a safety risk!

In case you’re confused, Smith posted the following on his Twitter account:

“Dear @SouthwestAir – I know I’m fat, but was Captain Leysath really justified in throwing me off a flight for which I was already seated?”

“Dear @SouthwestAir, I flew out in one seat, but right after issuing me a standby ticket, Oakland Southwest attendant Suzanne (wouldn’t give last name) told me Captain Leysath deemed me a “safety risk”. Again: I’m way fat… But I’m not THERE just yet. But if I am, why wait til my bag is up, and I’m seated WITH ARM RESTS DOWN. In front of a packed plane with a bunch of folks who’d already I.d.ed me as “Silent Bob.”

“So, @SouthwestAir, go fuck yourself. I broke no regulation, offered no “safety risk” (what, was I gonna roll on a fellow passenger?). I was wrongly ejected from the flight (even Suzanne eventually agreed). And fuck your apologetic $100 voucher, @SouthwestAir. Thank God I don’t embarrass easily (bless you, JERSEY GIRL training). But I don’t sulk off either: so everyday, some new fuck-you Tweets for @SouthwestAir.”

In the age of social media, pissing someone off with a Twitter following of 1.6 million loyal fans can lead to no good.

And just for you, Mr. Kevin Smith, I have made this shirt. It’s called “As Long As You’re Not Chubby” and is available now for $23.99 at the FAIL Shirt Shop because this was indeed one massive FAIL by Southwest Airlines. Needless to say, I won’t be flying Southwest – ever.

Listen to Kevin’s side of the story on his podcase, SModcast.

UPDATE: The original As Long As You’re Not Chubby shirt was taken down either because Southwest told Skreened to remove it or because Skreened thought it was a little to copyright unfriendly because I had the name of the airline in there. The logo on the tee is not an official logo of Southwest Air so that should not pose a problem. In any case, here’s the update version that is available now for sale:

Southwest Airlines Kevin Smith Chubby

Southwest Air Kevin Smith Chubby

Southwest Airline Kevin Smith Chubby T-Shirt

Southwest Airlines Kevin Smith Chubby T-Shirt

“Hey @SouthwestAir! Look how fat I am on your plane! Quick! Throw me off!”

Kevin Smith Southwest Airlines Chubby

Rocket Man by Soul Fur

This is an odd little tee from Phoenix, Arizona based Soul Fur Clothing. It looks almost as if it could be a doodle straight out some kids high school science notebook. I dig it. The shirt is named Rocket Man but I can’t really make out whether or not that is a monkey, cat or zombie in the astronaut helmet. Whatever it is, it looks damn scared to be in space.

Rocket Man comes printed on a 100% preshrunk cotton tee and is available now for the very affordable price of $10 at the Soul Fur online store.

Rocket Man by Soul Fur

Rocket Science

Okay, I’ve said in the past that I am a hug fan of Glenn Jones but the only tees that I own of his are those that were available at Threadless. I think Rocket Science is the breaking point for me. I need this shirt. It’s filled with all kinds of amazingness that I must have it. Glenn, how do you do it? How do you come up with these genius ideas? I want your frontal lobe.

Rocket Science is printed on a black American Apparel blank and is available now from Glennz Tees for $19.95.

Rocket Science

Rocket Science