Uh Huh Her booted off flight for 'a modest kiss'

Categories: Music News
uh-huh-her2.jpg
Remember back in June, when our news blog reported on a story about a lesbian couple who were rudely scolded by a security guard at Target Field after he witnessed them giving each other a quick peck on the lips? Well, that narrative is repeating itself in national newspapers today as the two members of Uh Huh Her come forward to issue a statement about being kicked of a Southwest Airlines flight for exchanging a kiss. 

According to bandmates and partners Camila Grey and Leisha Hailey, a flight attendant witnessed them kissing and asked them to leave, informing them that Southwest is a "family airline." The couple is outraged, particularly because Southwest Airlines has previously represented itself as a LGBT-friendly airline.

"We want to make it clear we were not making out or creating any kind of spectacle of ourselves, it was one, modest kiss, a statement from Grey and Hailey reads. "We want to live in a society where if your loved one leans over to give you an innocent kiss on an airplane it's not labeled as 'excessive or not family oriented' by a corporation and it's employees."

Read their full statement here:

We have always promoted tolerance, openness and equality both as a band and as individuals. We both come from loving homes where our parents not only love and accept us, but are also proud of who we are. We believe everyone has the right to live openly in this society as equals. In no way were our actions on Southwest Airlines excessive, inappropriate or vulgar. We want to make it clear we were not making out or creating any kind of spectacle of ourselves, it was one, modest kiss. We are responsible adult women who walk through the world with dignity. We were simply being affectionate like any normal couple. We were on the airplane less than 5 minutes when all was said and done. We take full responsibility for getting verbally upset with the flight attendant after being told it was a "family airline." We were never told the reason the flight attendant approached us, we were only scolded that we "needed to be aware that Southwest Airlines was a family oriented airline." No matter how quietly homophobia is whispered, it doesn't make it any less loud. You can't whisper hate. We ask this airline to teach their employees to not discriminate against any couple, ever, regardless of their own beliefs. We want to live in a society where if your loved one leans over to give you an innocent kiss on an airplane it's not labeled as "excessive or not family oriented" by a corporation and it's employees. We find it very disturbing that the same airline who lauds itself as being LGBT friendly has twisted an upsetting incident that happened into our behavior being "too excessive." The above is not an apology and we are in the process of filing a formal complaint with the airline. We hope that when all is said and done a greater tolerance without prejudice will evolve.

Adam Lambert has already jumped to Uh Huh Her's defense, tweeting "News: kissing is NOT indecent behavior. No matter what sex u are. So if two of the same sex are sweetly kissing, get over it!"

UPDATE: Southwest Airlines offered their own side of the story: "Our crew, responsible for the comfort of all customers on board, approached the passengers based solely on behavior and not gender," they said in a statement. "The conversation escalated to a level that was better resolved on the ground, as opposed to in flight." The airline added they'd work directly with Hailey and Grey to "offer our heartfelt apologies for falling short of their expectation."



"Like" Gimme Noise on Facebook and follow us on Twitter at @gimme_noise.



Advertisement

My Voice Nation Help
4 comments
Looking Objectively
Looking Objectively

"We take full responsibility for getting verbally upset with the flight attendant after being told it was a 'family airline'." - it sounds like something else was at play, right? I sincerely doubt they were booted for a simple smooch....

David Foureyes
David Foureyes

Let me update my bigot-lingo scoreboard here...

Family Oriented = Straight and scaredThug = N*ggerPatriot = Racist

I think I have them all now...

Bianca
Bianca

Southwest claims that, "initial reports indicate that we received several passenger complaints characterizing the behavior as excessive." 

..Yeah, I'm calling that BS.

jrc
jrc

however if two straight people would have kissed nothing would have been said.  now that looking at it objectively.

Now Trending

Minnesota Concert Tickets

From the Vault

 

Loading...