United Airlines really seems to enjoy stirring up controversy. Two weeks ago, they made 10-year-old girls change out of leggings for violating a dress code, and now they literally dragged a paying customer off a flight because they overbooked, and then randomly tried to throw people off the plane. Shane Ryan wrote a terrific piece at Paste about how this recent episode is emblematic of a larger issue with America, and you should read it now if you haven’t yet.
United’s CEO released a tone-deaf statement that has become the norm when America’s corporate giants fuck up—as he acknowledged that someone screwed up, but tried to distance it as much as possible from United, because apparently it’s someone else’s fault that the flight was (allegedly) overbooked and the crew felt the need to kick ticketed passengers off the plane.
Re-accommodate is one hell of a nonsense word. These episodes almost seem designed to stir up social media controversy, and there were no shortage of United defenders, so the issue of police violence against minorities took center stage yet again. Most people used the occasion to mock United, but there were plenty of salient points raised throughout the day as well. Here is a sampling of how Twitter reacted to United's latest high-profile mess:
Jacob Weindling is Paste’s business and media editor, as well as a staff writer for politics. Follow him on Twitter at @Jakeweindling.