Gay Slurs Prompts Delta Airlines to Cut In-Flight Comedy Special

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By David Shankbone (Chris Rock) [CC BY 2.0 (http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/2.0)], via Wikimedia Commons

Delta Airlines cut Chris Rock’s 2008 comedy special “Kill The Messenger” after receiving complaints about his usage of gay slurs.

In the special, Rock insists that using ‘faggot’ is appropriate under certain circumstances.

“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,” Grindr Employee Jeremy Foreshew, who saw the special while on a flight, told LGBTQ Nation. “When you think of the number of people who fly Delta every day and have access to that language… it just shocked me.”

Foreshew reportedly alerted a flight attendant after hearing the gay slurs, and they arranged a meeting with Foreshew and Delta and LAX officials at the gate.

“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,” the company said, according to Gay Travel. “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 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.”


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