Is Kevin Smith’s beef with Southwest about justice or publicity?
Curiosity got the better of me Monday night, and I visited Kevin Smith’s Twitter page. He posted a comment saying that he was tired of talking about the Southwest Airlines brouhaha and wanted to discuss something different tomorrow.
Tomorrow was today, Tuesday, and Smith doesn’t seem to be in a hurry to talk about something else.
Smith calls the plane experience the worst of his life. I thought that was when he was hocking his comic books and putting himself into deep credit card debt to make Clerks on a shoestring budget. After all, if the movie failed, there would be a big financial hole to crawl out of.
On his audio blog, Smith says that when he normally travels Southwest, he buys two seats if flying by himself and three seats if flying with his wife Jennifer Schwalbach Smith. One has to assume this is done for two reasons: for comfort and because Smith can afford to do so.
Why does the one-seat policy suddenly become an issue with Smith? Maybe he was in a hurry to get back to Los Angeles and was willing to endure one seat for the flight.
Or maybe Smith’s using this story to promote his new movie, Cop Out.
I suspect it is: why else is Smith milking this for all it’s worth?
I wish I lived a life where being booted off an airline for not fitting into the seat was my idea of a worst experience of my life. In the past five years my wife almost died from a nasty strep infection, my oldest son was in a near-fatal auto accident, my middle son’s appendix ruptured, we’ve had to move to a different home due my being laid off from my job.
One has to wonder why Smith flies such an economical airline like Southwest. Is he trying to show he’s an everyday man, or is it because recent films of his like Zack and Miri Make a Porno didn’t exactly do very well at the box office?
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