Film director Kevin Smith was forcibly removed from an airplane over the weekend for being too fat...and he’s far from happy about it.
The director of Clerks, Chasing Amy, and the soon-to-be-released Cop Out boarded a Southwest flight from Oakland to Burbank, California. Before the flight the director, who was already seated, was asked to leave the plane because his weight was deemed a safety risk.
Smith, who did not take kindly to be singled out, took to Twitter with a vengeance. He tweeted: “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 then followed up with “I'm way fat... But I'm not THERE just yet. 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.'”
Smith was given a $100 Southwest voucher and seated on a later flight. The tweeting smackdown didn’t stop. Smith posted a photograph of himself on the subsequent flight, along with “Hey @SouthwestAir! Look how fat I am on your plane! Quick! Throw me off!” He then added, “The @SouthwestAir Diet. How it works: you're publicly shamed into a slimmer figure. Crying the weight right off has never been easier!”
For all the embarrassment Smith may have suffered, he sure is enjoying milking the publicity for all its worth.
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