Thanks to a concerned Grindr employee who was taking in some flicks aboard a recent Delta Airlines flight (though said employee have some questionable taste in in-flight movies), the airline will remove an unedited Chris Rock documentary that contains the word “faggot.” Jeremy Foreshew, who works for the social app, checked out Rock’s famously controversial comedy special Kill the Messenger aboard his LAX to JFK flight, and he was horrified to see that the free offering was completely uncensored. Foreshew, though, wasn’t just an average on-board media consumer, he had previously worked for a company that sold in-flight entertainment and understood the level of scrutiny that goes into what can be shown online.
The language particularly caught him off guard because he had just come from working with various LGBT organizations to help at-risk LGBT youths. “Having come from being with all these activists, knowing the current state of violence against the LGBT community, and knowing the current political climate… I just came to a place where I couldn’t believe this was something happening in 2016. When you think of the number of people who fly Delta every day and have access to that language… it just shocked me.”
After notifying a flight attendant, who then notified an on-ground customer-service representative, who then notified HR, Delta agreed with his complaint and is working swiftly to remove the film.
In a statement to GayTravel.com: “The Chris Rock ‘Kill the Messenger’ segment 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,” a spokesperson for Delta said in a statement to GayTravel.com. “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.”
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