So, I don't know who's heard about this, but Kevin Smith - director of such fabulous films as Dogma (my all-time favorite movie), was told by Southwest Airlines that he was too fat to fly on their plane and removed from a flight last month.
And, he's pissed.
I, frankly? I'm with him. I'll be completely honest. I really hate flying Southwest. I've seen them be not nice to several people, fat or otherwise. They've been shitty to me a couple of times. They once told me I was too fat to sit in the exit row, but never that I couldn't be on the plane.
I did have a different issue with them this weekend, when they refused to let my dad on the plane with his oxygen concentrator. I had to go back to the airport and sign some form (as an MD, not as his kid. I was in very doctor-y sweatpants), despite the fact that they let him fly with it many times before - most notably, on the flight down.
And, beyond that, there was another fat girl on the plane. She tells her story on Kevin's podcast here. It's heartbreaking.
One of the things he said really stood out to me. He says, "You spend so much time, when you're fat, just trying to be out of everybody's way."
God, that's just so true.
Mr. Smith has called for a boycott of SWA, which, I've already been flying United lately. They've been just as cheap if not cheaper lately, and have been so much more pleasant. And I really like having an assigned seat.
Come on, chubby folks. Let's stop letting people be hostile and hateful and hit 'em where it hurts.