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Don’t Piss Off Popular People Part I: Kevin Smith

By: Bobby Finstock on 02/15/10 @ 9:08 am

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?

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Bobby Finstock

Finstock is founder of Pointlessbanter.net. He is known for his encyclopedia like knowledge on the life and times of Scott Baio. In the future he hopes to write again under his own name in order to impress the ladies and build his celebrity to the levels of other failed internet writers.

6 Responses to “Don’t Piss Off Popular People Part I: Kevin Smith”

  1. Meghan says:

    Kevin Smith isn’t exactly svelte, but this seems targeted. You can’t tell me he was the only pudgy bitch (Jay’s words, not mine) on that plane. He wasn’t causing a disturbance…I don’t get it. I once flew to MI with a woman who needed 2, count them, 2 seat belt extenders. I guess thats the beauty to flying Northwest instead of Southwest…they appreciate we are flying into the land of cheese and beer.

  2. Karl says:

    i was just flipping through channels and they discussed this on ET and talked about how he was fat and had this inaction figure http://ep.yimg.com/ca/I/jsbstash_2092_20750412

    they didnt even think twice about pillow pants and seamed to think it was about him being fat

  3. pattypunker says:

    i’m cynical so i think this was all a carefully orchestrated publicity stunt by both parties. it’s like a step beyond product placement in movies/tv. how many followers did they both gain from this? and free press is sure as hell cheaper than superbowl or olympics spots.

  4. Cujo Ramsey says:

    Kevin Smith is the new Rosa Porks!

    Cujo Ramsey

  5. Bill W says:

    Kevin Smith isn’t the Rosa Parks for fat people.

    He’s the Rosa Parks for PEOPLE, period!

    Listen to Smith’s podcast about the incident:

    It’s clear that Southwest Airlines is guilty of treating their customers like crap.

    It’s not about fat.
    It’s about putting faceless greed ahead of simple human decency.

  6. Matt Savage says:

    There was this one time in college when Jim Breuer was doing stand-up for all of us Freshman in the auditorium. And there was this one wise-ass guy who decided he could heckle Jim Breuer. Well, the kid basically got ripped a new asshole for the entirety of the show. Though it was hilarious for everyone there, that one kid was emotionally scarred for the rest of his college career and never had any credibility amongst his peers after that incident.

    If there is one thing I have learned in life, it is to NEVER mess with a comedian!

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