Wednesday, 24 August 2016

Chris Rock: An Irony Plane Crash

To Delta Airlines, Chris Rock’s HBO comedy special Kill the Messenger has turned out to be no joke.

The airline has pulled the 2008 program from its selection of in-flight entertainment options because of a part of Rock’s routine in which the comedian claims it is okay to use the anti-gay slur ‘faggot’ in certain contexts.

The airline said in a statement to that the program ‘should not have been uploaded on flights based on our criteria for excluding onboard programming that includes content featuring explicit language, slurs, extreme violence, and explicit scenes.

‘We apologize to any customers who were offended by the content or our airing of the segment, and we are working as quickly as possible to remove it from our aircraft. Our commitment to inclusion and respect of all customers is rooted in Delta’s values and culture, and we proudly embrace diverse people, thinking and styles.’

The content was flagged by Grindr employee Jeremy Foreshew who complained after watching the special during a recent flight to Los Angeles from New York.

‘I couldn’t believe this was something happening in 2016,’ he told Gay Travel. ‘When you think of the number of people who fly Delta every day and have access to that language… it just shocked me.’ ...

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The whole point of the routine was before you say a word's offensive you have to look at the context that it was said in!

'KIll the messenger', indeed.

Oh Oscar, please deliver us from humourless gaybores who take offence at anything and everything.

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