Billie Joe Armstrong ejected from Southwest Airlines flight for least interesting reason imaginable
While the twentieth anniversary of Armstrong's international fame swiftly approaches, he's clearly got a good deal to learn about managing and massaging the gift of popular notoriety. Case in point: getting kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight over sagging pants.
Maybe we can anticipate a punk-pop cover of "Pants on the Ground."
I mean, it's not like Armstrong was cracking 9/11 jokes or putting the finishing touches on a dirty bomb or slamming back martinis or belligerently insisting on flying the plane with the ghost of Darby Crash as his co-pilot or anything that psychotically asinine.
Which makes Gimme Noise wonder: do other sagging-pant luminaries receive similar harassment from flight attendants? I can't quite imagine some would-be Steven Slater dressing down and kicking off Snoop Dogg, Eminem, Travis Barker, or any of the other roughly 2,371 celebrities whose personal sense of depeche mode doesn't include a fully-functioning belt - to say nothing of the millions of everyday folks similarly and juvenilely attired.
In the grand scheme of things, what's the big deal? A Southwest Airlines flight attendant made a mountain out of a molehill. Billie Joe Armstrong wasted an opportunity to sock it to Southwest Airlines in any kind of interesting, self-promoting fashion. A bored media - including Gimme Noise, of course - latched onto a non-story. Everybody kinda wound up with egg on their faces here.
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