I follow Kevin Smith on Twitter. Most of the time it's about his movies and having a relationship with his wife (if you follow him, you know that's the polite way to say it.)
But what happen to him on Saturday was just a horrible example of fat discrimination. It does happen, and it happened to him and at least one other person.
The whole story is on his Smodcast, but in a nutshell, he was kicked off a Southwest Airlines because of a “safety issue”. What was the issue? He is fat. First Kevin Smith is not that fat. He fit in seat on the plane and why should they care?
Now what happened later, which he covers in his podcast. Is that on the second flight, the woman that was sitting next to him was almost kicked off for the same reason.
Let me tell you something I know what fat is. I have lost 100 pounds and I am still fat. Even when I get to my planned lowest weight, according to most people, I will be fat. So I can relate to what happened to him.
I have never been kicked off a plane, but you get the “look”. You don't know what the “look” is. Let me explain it to you like this. It's a look of disgust mixed with fake pity. They may act like they care, but its not to make me feel better, or make me want to be healthier, its to make them feel better about themselves.
So lets look at what happen to Kevin Smith. He was not only given the “look”, but humiliated and treated like a criminal because of his size. It happens everyday. But us fat folks have learned to try to avoid it. We pick out the sturdiest seats, we have to use the handicap stall sometimes, we sometimes avoid going somewhere if we have to squeeze into whatever.
But this time they picked the wrong fat person to mess with. You see, the rest of us take it and complain to our family, but that is usually the end of it. But you see Kevin Smith twittered the whole adventure. It has been documented. And they will kiss his ass, because he is Silent Bob and he has fans that found out about this as soon as it happened.
If it was me, I would be crying, but they would not have offered me the $100 voucher (good job refusing it, Kevin Smith). They would not have even given me a second look. And on his podcast Kevin Smith said that if it wasn't for meeting the other fat person, who was treated the same way, he would have let it lie. But now he won't.
I am sorry that it happened to him. But at the same token, it is now out in the public and I want to see what the airlines excuse is going to be. And if weight and size is really an issue; take our measurements and weight before you take our money.