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