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Silent Bob not so silent about Southwest Air

February 14, 2010

So last night after our weekly Pathfinder game I was cruisin' the fatosphere and noticed that Big Fat Deal blog had posted up a story about director Kevin Smith getting booted off a Southwest Air flight AFTER he had paid and was seated with the arm rests down.  This was also after he tried to purchase TWO seats, like he normally does on a flight because it's simply more comfortable, and the woman at the gate screwed up and didn't do it.

I'm listening to his Smodcast right now and on one hand, it's hilarious, on the other hand, it's kinda depressing.  "You don't ever treat a paying customer like that.  I'm revenue!"  He's not very fat friendly, not to himself or anyone else, but I knew that before listening so I'm not too surprised.  Southwest is arguing that he was taking up more than his 'space allotment'.  Fuck you, Southwest.  Fat people take up more room.   "I am NOT fat enough to eject off a Southwest airline flight, simply for size.  Not yet, fucker.  I'll tell you when I"m there, believe me, I'll be talking about it."  He's unapologetically fat, and I like that.  He owns his fat, and accepts it as best he can.

In some ways, it's hard to listen to the smodcast; the fat hate against himself, and perceived fat hate against himself, is hard.  "If I had any less self esteem, I'd be starting a diet tomorrow."  Someone at Southwest was using his percieved fat as a reason to kick him off that flight.  It hurts to hear "I'm fat, but I'm not THAT fat.  I wouldn't go out in public if I was that fat." That's shitty, that's shitty for fat people who ARE that fat, that's saying *those* fat people do get to be discriminated against, those fat people dont' deserve to fly.  Then on the other hand, he understands and gets it right, "We [fat people] navigate the world differently than other people, thinking ten steps in advance to preserve our dignity."  "Do you know how hard it is to be a woman, to be a fat fuckin' woman?"  But then he turns around and calls the flight steward(ess) on his actual flight home a cunt for confronting another fat passenger, a woman, about being fat on the flight when there was absolutely no reason to do so.  He then urges his listeners to vote with their wallets. 

"I just want them to change their goddamn policy and stop humiliating people.    Do you know how much it sucks to be fat, man?  I dont' even have the bad fat.  You know how there's cancer, and then there's the really bad cancer?  I got the fat.  I don't have the REALLY bad fat, Do you know how bad, how much it sucks,   for people who dont' have what I have?  Look, I can fall back on, I do this, I do this, I was that guy, I've got enough in my life, that that's probably where it cam from, from begin fat, trying to justify to these fuckers, trying to make yourself somewhat fucking normal.  But I, I, I... *deep sigh*   But, y'know what I mean?  It sickens me.  It sucks to be fat.  I'm ok with it.  I'm not saying feel bad for me.  {...}  Don't feel bad for me.  I remember what it was like to be fat before I was y'know, Kevin Smith who made Clerks.   People treat you like shit, you're barely even human to some of these people."

I highly recommend the smodcast, you can find it here:  Smodcast!

Here's the comment I left over there: Hi Kevin, I don't know if you read all the comments but I thought I'd leave one anyway. I caught your situation via a blog in the Fatosphere where Southwest has caused quite a stir in the past for their sizist policies. Thank you so much for making this smodcast (my first time!) and speaking up about your horrible treatment. You're absolutely right; it sucks hardcore to be a fat person in this world because people look at us and assume that we're lazy and stupid because we're carrying around extra pounds. They're wrong and it's unfair. Hopefully Southwest and other airlines will change their policies based on your campaign. Fat people have to fly too, yes, even people who are fatter than you, people who are "that fat", as you say in the 'cast. The problem isnt' THEIR fat, it's the tiny sized planes and seats that's the problem. Thanks again for the smodcast (and all the other cool stuff you've done).

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