My Favorite Mistake: Kevin Smith
Stern, Marlow, Newsweek
On the time he got kicked off a flight for being too fat.
I tried to get on a Southwest Airlines flight last year, and it didn't go too well. I had just done a podcast for the International Bear Rendezvous, which was a big gay get-together for dudes who look like me. It was a fantastic feeling because I was in a room with people who for the first time were sexualizing me. I boarded the plane, and the stewardess showed me to the only available seat on this flight. It was between two petite women. Then a lady from the front desk told me to get off because there were Asafety issues.A And I said, AMa'am, please don't make me leave this plane because you're saying I'm too fat.A After I left, I tweeted about what happened. My mistake was thinking the story was going to be that I caught a lousy corporation that f--ks with people. But instead the story became Afat guy in a little chair.A
I was at the top of Google News for three days, and all the articles said I was fat. It was horrible. It was like being publicly naked.
I know what it feels like to carry a lot of weight in a society that's very image-conscious. It's a thin person's world, and we try to navigate within it without being made fun of. …