A complaint by Grindr worker, Jeremy Foreshew, about a Delta Airline in-flight movie which contains gay slurs, has led to the film of Chris Rock in stand-up (Kill The Messenger) being removed from their entertainment listings.
The 2008 film sees Rock speaking about when he seems to think it’s okay to call someone a ‘F****t, and is against Delta’s own policies of what is acceptable to be shown during flights, which includes bans on discrimination, racial and LGBT slurs, explicit content, and extreme violence.
Delta senior staff said:
“We apologise to any customers who were offended by the content of 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”.
According to GayTravel.com, Foreshew rang for a flight attendant when he saw the film, and explained the problem.
“I told her, ‘I know this isn’t your fault, you don’t select the programming… but you should know what’s on your flight,” he explained.
He said she was sympathetic and agreed with him that the content was inappropriate. She got him information for one of Delta’s Human Resources managers and rang ahead to LAX to arrange for what she referred to as a “red coat” (airline customer service representatives) to meet him at the gate and discuss his complaint. A Delta employee and a manager for LAX took his complaint and told him an executive from Delta would be in touch with him.
Earlier in August, comedian Cameron Esposito noticed that a scene with two girls (Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara) kissing had been removed from a Delta inflight film called ‘Carol’, and tweeted about it, leading to the hashtag on twitter #FreeCarol.
Delta had explained that it does not have any right to edit films, but is given the choice by distribution companies whether to take an edited version or the full movie, and with explicit films will take the edited version.