Kevin Smith Southwest Airlines Fat Controversy
Kevin Smith — portly star of the Silent Bob films — is not happy about being called a “safety risk” by Southwest Airlines.
The Cop Out director — who also helmed comedy Mallrats and Clerks — took to his Twitter account this weekend to inform his over 1.6 million followers that the airline threw him off a flight from Oakland to Burbank on Saturday night because he was “too wide for the sky.”
After delivering a speech in San Francisco, Smith — who often purchases two seats when flying commercial — was buckled in and ready to take flight when he was bounced from the friendly skies for being too fat!
Ouch — now that’s enough to make a guy scarf down a few donuts……
“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?” Smith Tweeted of his ordeal. “I’m way fat… But I’m not THERE just yet,” he continued. “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.'”
The apologetic airline eventually presented Smith with a $100 voucher and put him on a different flight. Kevin was having none of it! He continued to Tweet at Southwest all the way back to L.A. The airline hit its own Twitter to apology to the lensman, writing: “…..getting a call at home from our Customer Relations VP tonight,” before adding “Hey Kevin! I’m so sorry for your experience tonight! Hopefully we can make things right.”
Sadly for Southwest, Kevin doesn’t appear to be in a forgiving sort of mood: “Dear Fucktarded PR-Challenged Fatty-Haters at @SouthwestAir: Your ‘apology’ blog is insulting, redacted bullshit. FULL details in two hours….” he fumed in a Tweet Sunday afternoon.
Smith’s Cop Out, which stars Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan, is due in theaters on Feb. 26.