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Celebrity Slam - Fly the unfriendly skies

September 10, 2019
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Anyone that spends any time with us in this space knows how much we love it when famous folks misbehave. It’s our whole raison d’etre, you know? Of course, there are different sorts of celebrity shenanigans, an assortment of subgenres that each have their own appeal.

For instance, there’s Twitter beef, which is itself a subcategory of regular beef – you know we love famous feuds here at Celebrity Slam. Or “Don’t you know who I am?” outbursts – those are really great, particularly when you deal with that particular brand that involves someone no longer famous enough to credibly ask that question in a vacuum.

This week, we’re going to discuss another beloved subgenre – celebrities misbehaving in airports. But while we usually take great delight in this actor or that musician doing something stupid while waiting for or on-board a plane (usually involving booze and/or inappropriate urination), this week’s item is going to focus on someone who may well have been unfairly maligned (THIS time).

It involves Bobby Brown drunk on a plane, but the payoff isn’t nearly what you’d think.

According to reports, it all went down on Monday morning. Brown was sitting in first class on a JetBlue flight from LAX to Boston when there was allegedly some sort of altercation. Brown was apparently intoxicated and the incident in question led to the airline ordering everyone off the plane, including Brown, who was met by law enforcement officers who were called to the gate to speak to him.

The conversation began in an agitated manner – Brown was shouting about needing to fly out to attend his brother’s funeral (sources say that it was actually his cousin) – but it wasn’t long before the officers calmed him down. Meanwhile, the plane reboarded and took off without Brown on board, although he wasn’t arrested or anything like that.

Here’s the thing: the general consensus seems to be that Brown kind of got a raw deal. According to witnesses – including some folks who were sitting nearby – he wasn’t being disruptive at all. He admitted to drinking before boarding, but did not appear to be causing any sort of problems. He didn’t even make a fuss when told that he would not be served another drink.

And yet, JetBlue pulled him off anyway. Their statement to TMZ was that Brown was “removed from the aircraft prior to departure after crewmembers observed indications of intoxication. The decision to remove a customer from a flight is not taken lightly. In this instance, the customer was offered a seat on a later flight. The customer declined and was issued a refund.”

So that’s that.

Here’s the thing: we get it. We get that the idea of having a drunk Bobby Brown on a cross-country flight probably isn’t the most appealing thing in the world. Hell, even if you don’t know anything about his music, you know that he has a reputation as being a bit of an a-hole. So sure, you’re maybe dreading the possibility of what’s to come.

But the guy didn’t actually do anything wrong. By all accounts, people said that he was just sitting there, a little tipsy, minding his own business. You have to think that there have been people far drunker that boarded a JetBlue plane and that didn’t have any problems at all. And THOSE people didn’t sing “My Prerogative.” Just saying.

No one is going to dispute that Bobby Brown has executed more than his share of d-bag maneuvers over the years. He’s not a particularly good guy. But for someone to basically decide that they didn’t like the look of him and call the cops because he maybe had one too many cocktails, well – that sucks. It sucks because the guy was trying to get to a family funeral and probably drinking a bit too much as a way to deal with his stuff. And it sucks because, again, he DIDN’T DO ANYTHING.

So this isn’t our usual sort of Celebrity Slam airplane story. We’re not here to condemn Bobby Brown for misbehaving, because he didn’t. We’re here to condemn JetBlue for being a pack of reactionary puds who’d prefer to cause a scene than simply let a guy sleep it off in first class.

Talk about your unfriendly skies.

Last modified on Tuesday, 10 September 2019 13:15

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