This weekend was pretty awesome for comedians that got pissed off fired back against companies and other people. I’ve decided to look at each situation because they both entertained me. Both raise their own sets of questions.
First there was the Kevin Smith meltdown on Twitter after getting booted from a Southwest Airlines flight because the pilot felt he was too heavy and posed a safety risk. (Southwest asks for bigger people to purchase two tickets. Although Smith can fit in one seat and routinely travels that way.)
Smith’s main bone of contention was that he was already seated, he had flown to Oakland on one ticket, and that they could have not let him onto the flight ahead of time. Of course Smith took to Twitter, where he has 1.2 million followers, and started destroying Southwest. Including this tweet, which might be my favorite:
Hey @SouthwestAir! I’ve landed in Burbank. Don’t worry: wall of the plane was opened & I was airlifted out while Richard Simmons supervised.
Southwest has a really active social media presence and they of course responded via Twitter and their blog, doing everything they could to get ahead of the situation. On the flip side if it were another fat person with 100 followers they wouldn’t be doing the same thing. But that is how it goes in this day and age; I mean it explains why a mommy blogger who bitched about her washing machine got a free one and better customer service than any of us would ever see.
So is Kevin Smith a Rosa Parks for fat people? Or a celebrity that has a bigger platform to bitch than the rest of us?
Situations like these intrigue me because I wonder how “in the right” the person bitching is and if they are taking a stand that all of us can appreciate? Or are they using their position and popularity to bitch about a perceived slight.
What do you think?