I’ve thoroughly enjoyed Kevin Smith’s work up until the brilliant “Dogma,” but I’m somewhat skeptical about his report that he was kicked off a plane because he was “too fat to fly.” It does come a week before the premiere of his latest flick, “Cop Out,” with Bruce Willis and Tracy Morgan. And the guy does have an online following that’s in Ashton Kutcher territory.
On his Twitter page, the Red Bank native and film director said it happened Saturday after he was seated on a Southwest Airlines flight to Burbank from San Francisco.
“Fair warning folks: If you look like me, you may be ejected from Southwest Air,” he tweeted.
A spokesperson for the airline apologized on the airline’s Twitter page, adding: “Hopefully we can make things right.”
But “Silent Bob” shot back that he was “offered” a $100 voucher from the airline “the way a john tosses a hooker a c-note after a hate-[expletive].”
It could get interesting: Smith has speaking engagements scheduled throughout the country through April. And he posted a 90-minute podcast (Click HERE ).
Yes, there have been genuine Hollywood scandals, the kind that make Lindsay Lohan and Paris Hilton look like pikers: Hugh Grant; Woody Allen; Lana Turner’s daughter giving Johnny Stompanato the knife (if you don’t know that story, read up).
But as long as there’s been Hollywood — and in five years that’ll be a century — there have been self-generated incidents aimed purely at jump-starting the publicity machine.
In this case, Smith knew about Southwest’s “Customer of Size (COS)” policy — in fact, he said he ordinarily follows it, buying two seats. Under the policy, you pay half price on the second seat. If the plane doesn’t fill up, you get a refund.
According to the airline, Smith bought two tickets, as usual, but grabbed the last standby seat remaining on an earlier flight.
What I want to know is: Why is this suddenly an issue, Kevin, when you’ve admitted you’ve known about the policy all along? Why even get on that plane in the first place?
I can suspend disbelief, just as I have watching your earlier, wildly entertaining — and, in the case of “Chasing Amy,” touching — films.
Not this time, though.
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