Silent Bob chucked off plane for massive fatness - Twitter erupts!
Now and again, the issue of fat people on aeroplanes rears its bulky head and we all make a few jokes about salad-dodgers. Whether it’s Ryanair’s (aborted) plans to levy a fat tax against chunky fliers or AirFrance-KLM’s decision to make airbound Billy Bunters pay for, and sit in, two seats instead of one, it’s all good for some light debate and a bit of a chortle.
But the debate just went nuclear – yes, you guessed it, a celebrity got involved. Kevin Smith, director of Clerks, Dogma and Jay And Silent Bob Strike Back has been booted off a Southwest Airlines flight in the USA after the plane’s captain deemed him ‘a safety risk’ something which the not-all-that-fat-actually Smith denies being.
What Smith is though, is an active Twitter user, with 1.6 million followers on the internationally-recognised communication service. And once he’d informed his legions of fans about the incident, all online hell broke loose, culminating in a swift and full apology from SWA.
This didn’t please Smith either, calling SWA out for only apologising to him because he’s a celebrity and has a voice that is listened to. He tweeted…
"Fuck making it right for me just 'cause I have a platform. I sat next to a big girl who was chastised for not buying an extra ticket because "all passengers deserve their space.” Fucking flight wasn't even full! Fuck your size-ist policy. Rude..."
We get the feeling that the flying fatties debate is only going to escalate from hereon in. A bit like roly poly director Smith’s waist measurements…