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Livetweeting Real Life: When People Stop Being Polite and Start Being Dicks for Retweets [UPDATE]

By Courtney Enlow | Think Pieces | December 2, 2013 | Comments ()


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By now, you’ve no doubt read Elan Gale’s “epic” Thanksgiving airplane note-a-pallooza. Whether you saw it shared on Facebook or Twitter or splashed all over the Buzzfeed homepage, everyone seemed to be talking about this holiday “win” and how Diane in 7A got what she deserved. A lot of people read it and found it hilarious, scoring one for every frustrated traveler. I read as “man torments irritating, if not understandably so, woman with threats of penile cannibalism.”

Other people felt this way as well, and Gale has responded with the trademark cleverness befitting a producer of The Bachelor, lamenting “haters” and hashtagging “TeamElan” while encouraging those against him to eat his dick like a broken Dane Cookmonster with the catchphrase mechanism stuck.

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The “well, ya know” means eat his dick, if subtlety isn’t your thing.

Rumors now swirl that Diane in 7A is suffering from cancer, hence her particularly pained state, or that she doesn’t exist at all and he made the whole thing up. Either or neither way, was the whole shebang actually funny?

Twitter wars tend to fall into that socially uncomfortable humor of a particularly dark episode of The Office where it’s funny but then you’re cringing and you’re not sure if it’s funny or not anymore, and you definitely feel sorry for the weaker party, usually the “victim” of the comedian, real or otherwise (Elan Gale falls into the “otherwise” category). And it’s true even when you actually like the battler. I’ve had at least two nightmares in which I’ve angered Patton Oswalt. But, as awkward and uncomfortable as those can be, they’re more well thought out than “EAT MY DICK EAT MY DICK EAT MY DICK.”

These social media battles royale are quick to become a popularity contest, ironically waged by people who probably would have lost actual popularity contests in high school, aka, bloggers and comedians, which is why we ended up as bloggers and comedians, because we’re angry and bitter and making fun of people is fun. But, a line gets crossed when the target becomes a real person. It’s one thing to tweet about how lame Diane in 7A is. It’s another to send her notes repeatedly requesting that she “eat [your] dick.” And, maybe it’s because we weren’t popular in high school that we didn’t learn that some things are best said behind someone’s back—because saying it to their faces isn’t always better.

The other Twitter fight of the weekend illustrates this more clearly. In Kyle Kinane vs. Pace Picante Salsa, what started as your standard Twitter hilarity quickly turns weird when the entire social media response team gets involved, identities are stolen and free salsa is promised. But, the difference between Kinane and Gale is this: at a certain point, Kinane begins to feel bad. These direct message senders become real people and it seems that one of them might lose his job. Whereas, for Gale, at no point does he ever feel the slightest empathy for the woman in 7A. He just antagonizes her. Because it’s easy. Because she’s already annoying. And annoying women always deserve what they get, especially on planes, right? (For the record, the most infuriating part of the whole story was that he introduced himself as his Twitter handle and told her to look him up online because OH MY GOD he’s the worst.)

We’ve all had annoying fellow travelers. Just last week, a woman yelled at everyone in our security line, “you know, you COULD help.” And, in my head, I was all, “bish, they’re your bags, calm down and push them through like an adult.” But I didn’t say that. I didn’t do anything. Because airports are terrible and airplanes are terrible and everyone’s terrible. This isn’t news. This isn’t interesting. This isn’t funny. It’s just…mean. Mean for the sole purpose of getting the attention of people on Twitter. Mean to a weaker person just to get other people to think you’re cool and funny and get them to laugh along with you.

Maybe high school never ends after all.


UPDATE: OK, he made the whole thing up apparently. Now it’s just unfunny and awkward but at least no annoying cancer-havers were harmed in the process? Whatever. I wasted words on this fuckery when I could have covered the Kardashian Kristmas kard.




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Comments Are Welcome, Bigots and Trolls Are Not


  • Some Guy

    I actually get the impression that the story could be true, only there's just as much negative backlash as positive, and now he wants to back out of it the only way possible.

    Sure, there are holes in his story, but what kind of person makes this stuff up, notes and all, and posts it online?

    Wait a minute, you don't need to answer that.

  • e jerry powell

    No, high school never ends. Hence facebook.

  • Miss Laaw-yuhr

    I'm pleased to see that Gale is living up to the ideals of decorum and restraint I always imagined a producer of The Bachelor would possess.

  • MGMcD

    Why is this a discussion of bullying vs showing compassion? Diane and Elan are both assholes. One of them decided to illustrate what assholes they both are on Twitter. No one wins, no one loses, no one learns or grows. At the end of the story, they're both still assholes.

  • His tweets made me feel ill. She may have been acting like a wienie, but he wasn't helping matters or demonstrating better behavior. What a self-righteous bullying douchecanoe.

  • Aaron Schulz

    It starts out mildly funny, then he sends his first note and you roll your eyes that he honestly thinks hes some sort of champion of the people. And continues down hill until it ends with him clearly full of shit claiming she slapped him just to hammer home shes terrible and hes amazing

  • Some Guy

    Let's be honest here:

    No one knows what kind of day that woman had.

    Perhaps she has cancer. Perhaps her dog died. Maybe she had guests in from out of town. Maybe she had been traveling for two days prior, and was almost finished and was just frustrated, as we all tend to get from time to time.

    Heck, maybe she had a shitty cab driver who treated her like crap. Or a shitty waiter that ignored her. Maybe the people in the service line were rude to her, and slighted her, and she got pissed. Cause that happens too.

    With all that said, while it's no excuse to treat those in the service industry like shit, I think all accusations and assumptions towards the woman and her character are a little unfounded at this stage.

    You can't go through life assuming that everyone acts a particular way for a particular reason all the time. Not all assholes are always assholes.
    Reread his tweets. She was clearly agrivated, but from the sound of it she wasn't screaming, she wasn't calling the crew names and making a scene, she was frustrated and had no where else to vent it. Had the crew really been that offended, she probably wouldn't have been allowed on the flight. Attendants can deny entry for any reason, especially belligerency. Seems fair to think that it could and would have happened here, had it been necessary.

    This guy could have done sooooo many things to alleviate the situation, or help her day, or the day of the crew, but he decided to take it upon himself, judge the woman and her entire existence based on one particularly bad day in her life, and feel it necessary to make it even worse because it's what, his duty?

    I've worked in the service industry, both retail and service, and I've seen, waited on and have witnessed plenty of abhorrent behavior by and towards coworkers, but I've never felt the need to essentially bully someone, then display it on the internet, in order to make someone else feel better. I've certainly never told any crappy female customers to "eat my dick," as he so eloquently put it...

    This wasn't about her actions, or helping the crew, or giving someone their just dessert. We all want to do things like that, but society tells us that being a dick to a dick just makes you a dick. He didn't take the high road, he jumped into the car with her, only pushed her aside so he could drive.

  • blackheart

    But she doesn't exist. Get it??

  • Some Guy

    I mean, yeah, I get it, but I think my overall point still stands, and more to the point, I'm honestly surprised at how many people around here and elsewhere defaulted to Hammurabi's code of "Eye for an Eye" when discussing the make-believe Diane and the just-dessert she was handed, especially given that there was such little information available to condemn her entire character.

    Fake or not, I think it sucks so many people were glad to see someone who they are so absolutelypositively100% sure are an asshole in real life, get harassed by someone trying to come off as a hero for standing up for service workers.

  • **I AM** NotTheOne

    High School never ends after all. But this isn't mature enough to be high school. This is 4th grade at best. So you publicly antagonized a person that no one else could possibly like. Congrats to you man, you're a hero.

  • asherlev1

    This might be the best reaction piece I've seen to that entire debacle. Thank you for helping me make some sense of my own thoughts!

  • Joe Grunenwald

    I love how you cite the other twitter 'feud' like it's a court case (a Court case?). All further Twitter feuds can now fall back on the precedent set by Kyle Kinane v. Pace Picante Salsa so long as the antagonist in said feud acts like a decent human being.

  • gmda

    The creepiest part to me was when he said "What started as a minor annoyance became a pleasure because of you people." That was a pleasure for him? Because he got a lot of attention on twitter? Ick.

    Granted, this Diane person sounds like a piece of work. But he didn't make a bad situation any better, and he definitely made it worse for the flight attendants. If I was on that flight I would have hated Diane, but he successfully made me feel bad for her! I don't think that is what he was going for.

  • Some Guy

    Just wanted to say that I hadn't heard a peep about this till Pajiba told me:

    But to paraphrase Maude Flanders:

    "I don't judge Diane or Elan...That's for a vengeful god to do."

  • It's only funny when it's "punching up." He wasn't punching up. I think he realized this when he tried to frame it as "standing up for the little guy," even though he made a bunch of extra work and stress for the flight attendant(s) and gate agent. He certainly put them in uncomfortable positions.

    He picked an easy target and antagonized her, then acted surprised/righteous when she got antagonized.

    People make me sad.

  • Jezebeelzebub

    I know that it takes a bigger person to ignore someone like Diane (real or not) and my hats off to people who can do that. I don't know that I could. I doubt I'd take it as far as this Elan guy did, but... given the right circumstances, maybe I would. I'm a pretty reasonable person (I think) but I don't deal well with people who feel so free to act any goddamn way they want and think the rest of us just have to take it. It's absolutely immature of me to think this way, but I figure if I'm going to be engaged in Asshole Thunderdome then I am going to be the one who leaves. Yes- I'm gonna WIN. It's not my job to teach an adult how to behave. It doesn't have to be my job to accept it. No, teaching assholes not to be assholes by being a bigger asshole is not going to ever work, but I submit that this ain't no Dickens novel and nobody is ever going to be able to teach any adult asshole not to be an asshole. Assholery doesn't work, and neither does taking their shit. But I'm no guru- I'm not looking to impart a lesson. If Diane is a real person, she can eat my dick, too. Elan might also be an asshole, but he isn't the asshole who started it. I'm sick to death of assholes victimizing decent people because the decent people are too decent to stoop to the level of asshole. It's okay, though- I'm not a decent person, apparently- and I will stoop. Probably I don't even have to bend down real far. Because I'm an asshole, myself- but I tend to use my powers for good and not evil. And don't worry- if I'm ever in the position to be taking up for any decent people by chewing the head off a fire-breathing asshole, I won't expect any thanks. A job well done is thanks enough.

  • Sunsneezer

    I though the "eat my dick" line was pretty funny until I realized that this passive-aggressive "Gale" person was a dude.

  • Flying is one of the world's worst possible travel experiences. I'd rather ride a unicycle to California than stuff my 6-6 ass into a four-inch-wide commuter flight seat, yet I go through the ritual every single week. Rude, selfish-ass people don't help in the slightest. The woman was awful, the guy was funny at first, then awful, and the entire episode makes me want to return to the days of the steam powered locomotive.

  • Stellamaris2012

    Interestingly, as I read the tweets, I found them funny, right up to the dick part. That's when he lost me. At that point, I was no longer on either of their sides.

  • asherlev1

    THIS!

  • TheAggroCraig

    The passive aggressive note was completely unnecessary. That said, I laughed at pretty much this whole story.

  • ellcoolj

    Then there is the twitter feud that is funny and non-harmful?

    The Pace Salsa feud where Kyle Kiane started just joking around and then got someone fired and unfired and still kept it non-aggressive

    http://splitsider.com/2013/12/...

  • grr arrgh

    Actually, it turns out that there is no official Pace twitter.

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

  • ellcoolj

    It's still funny as shit... Even if it was faked... It seems like he wasn't in on it and the other guy played it well.

  • grr arrgh

    I doubt Kinane was in on it. Seemed too genuine.

  • There'll Be Pancakes

    If this story is true, then as someone who's worked in customer service for ten years, I absolutely hate her right up until he tells her to eat his dick. She WAS being horrifically rude. She WAS being demeaning and belittling and selfish and humiliating herself and if she was behaving like that to my face like many many people have when you've worked in customer services, I probably would have wanted to spit in her face. Live-tweeting it was funny. But the moment he got himself involved, the instant he decided he was so wonderful and clever and made himself the star and hero with abrupt ingrained responses like eating his sad little stump is the moment I think I wanted to vomit in his lap. Slapping him was too good for him, she should've kneed him right in his precious dick.

  • blackheart

    But she doesn't exist. You followed that part, right? He made it up.

  • Kristopher R

    What irritates me is that he live tweeted it simply for self-gratification. If he just stood up and told her off in front of the whole plane and sat down to a round of applause, this wouldn't even be fodder for an article. So he got himself involved and kept pushing buttons and making an internet spectacle of himself all in the hopes that it gets attention and followers...which it has and is. That being said, I'm paying him no more attention and will promptly block him from my twitter feed.

  • L.O.V.E.

    The difference between the two is that she decided everyone in the plane is so beneath her that she can berate flight attendants, and make everyone suffer both the flight delay and her whining. He exchanged notes with her. He bought her drinks. He directed her attention and ire towards him. In my book, he took the bullet for everyone else. No other passengers, presumably, had to suffer him.

    And since he had the "cajones" to go after her, I think he was well within his rights to tell her to eat his dick. She was being an incredible asshole to the flight attendants. They have to take it. Other passengers don't.

    What wasn't right, was her slapping him like she was Zsa Zsa Gabor. Yes, he was being a jackass, but he fought jackassery with jakassery.

  • Some Guy

    All he did was take that spotlight she has so delicately placed upon herself and redirect it towards him.

  • Well put. I don't envy the poor souls who had to listen to that woman bitch and moan - be they airline employees or fellow travelers - but all he did was stoop to her level... lower, in fact. Attempting a "kill'er with kindness" move to subtly let her know her behavior was bothering people without putting her on the defensive... that's one thing. But appointing yourself Captain of the Good Person Squad with license to be a dick in service of humanity....that's quite another.

  • mswas

    I'd just like to know.... where are the pancakes???

  • Stephen Wong

    Is there going to be an Oldboy review?

  • foolsage

    There's a house for them. It's international, even.

  • Tracer Bullet

    Yeah, well. Patton Oswalt isn't as cute on twitter as he thinks he is.

  • Kristopher R

    What I found most irritating is that I received a notice that a friend (and 27 others) began following this putz. I didn't care about him then and I don't now. His claim to fame is being a producer on a shitty reality show. What he thinks is of no use to me.

  • pajiba

    I got the same notice, and at first I misread @theyearofelan as @theyearofolaf, the snowman character from Frozen, and I was really excited. I was much less excited about The Year of Elan, because that's a very depressing thought.

    #TeamCourtney

  • Stephen Wong

    Is there going to be an Oldboy review?

  • Addicct

    Just stop. Please.

  • Uriah_Creep

    I think we can all agree that TeamCourtney is worth backing, unlike Elan's bullshit.

  • Kristopher R

    And now he posted something about a 'humorless site' Which seems as if it's about this article, but doesn't name names. Attention whore much?

    #TeamCourtney

  • Pinky McLadybits

    Maybe if we invited him to eat our humorless dicks he would feel better.

  • Yeah for someone so stoked on this confrontation, he's being awfully passive aggressive with criticism.

  • Kristopher R

    Passive Aggressive seems to be a running theme with him.

  • dizzylucy

    I get annoyed by the entitled and demanding too, but I fail to see how antagonizing a person like that makes it better for anyone. If nothing else, he made it worse by keeping her agitated and angry, which I would imagine was disruptive to the cabin crew trying to do their job, and the other passengers.

    Also, anyone who posts #Team___ with their own name immediately loses all their points.

  • JJ

    Instead of "Twitter fight," I prefer to think of it as engaging in a "a battle of twits." It's where everyone loses because it's not nearly as noteworthy or important as it's made out to be.

  • alannaofdoom

    I hope you don't mind that I am going to steal this and use it at the first opportunity. You, sir or madam, are a genius.

  • Bea Pants

    Generally I don't engage people who are rude to wait staff unless they cross the line into abusive (name-calling, threatening, etc.) I find the best response to general rudeness is to be ridiculously polite and sympathetic to said wait staff in as public a way as possible. Sympathize with the fact that this time of year must be hard for flight attendants. Thank them heartily for every little thing they do for me. Even if the asshole in question doesn't get the message (they usually don't), I'm balancing out the awfulness a little bit.

  • emmalita

    In the Kinane v. Pace battle, that got weird. I thought his initial point about twitter bots was on point and hilarious.

  • BendinIntheWind

    I'm a fan of his comedy, so I'm probably predisposed to enjoy most of his shenanigans, but I completely lost it when he decided to call the social media people "Mr. Picante (Eric)". Warmed over my cold, black heart.

  • emmalita

    I'm always amazed when people think being an asshole to an asshole is the best way to teach the other asshole not to be an asshole.

  • L.O.V.E.

    The guy behaved like a bit of an asshole, but it's not always about teaching lessons. A guy otherwise minding his business is forced to suffer a fool. Then he behaved like one. Turnabout is fair play. Not sure why people are more readily giving the lady who slapped another passenger the benefit of the doubt over this guy.

    Me personally, I would have drank that glass of wine and two bottles of vodka, put my noise cancelling headphones to good use, and then asked for two bottles of bourbon. Then I'm flying the friendly skies. But having been stuck with miserable people who bitch out flight attendants and think general ideas of civility don't apply to them, I don't begrudge him his own idea of entertainment.

  • emmalita

    Apparently it was all for his own entertainment. He is now saying there was no Diane.

  • L.O.V.E.

    Well, he can just eat my dick then.

    I had much higher expectations from a reality-show producer. I am just shocked. Shocked I tell you.

  • emmalita

    I believe there's a line of people waiting for him to eat their dicks.

  • L.O.V.E.

    Then I would like to offer him the dick/balls/taint pu pu platter.

  • emmalita

    *facepalm*

  • Bea Pants

    Right!? Especially on an airplane when you'll be crammed together with the person and a bunch of other strangers for a long stretch. You are helping no one.

  • competitivenonfiction

    Oh my God. Someone I love does this and I have been trying to find the words to express why this is ineffective for years! THANK YOU

  • BendinIntheWind

    I am currently embroidering this onto a pillow that will live on my couch FOREVER.

  • Bananapanda

    Don't be greedy, grandma would love that pillow.

  • emmalita

    I envy your ability to embroider. There are so many little homilies I'd like to place around my home.

  • BendinIntheWind

    By "currently embroidering", I meant more "smirking quietly to myself at the computer screen while I imagine an embroidered pillow and instead go make a sandwich". But the sentiment is there.

  • emmalita

    I speak Pajiban, I understood exactly what you meant.

  • foolsage
  • emmalita

    I can't stop reading the bitchy waiter.

  • alannaofdoom

    I find it's easier to just carry around a soapbox and deliver my homilies in person whenever the urge strikes. Hell on the vocal cords some days, but it's a sacrifice I'm willing to make.

  • emmalita

    I used to carry my soap box around, but too many people assumed I was trying to reach something on the top shelf so my rants were constantly being interrupted.

  • Alice

    When I started to read this on Storify, I thought it was a vicarious way to experience the release of pent-up frustration against a perceived royal pain. Airplane travel usually makes me wince most when a worker is treated with disrespect by a rude and thoughtless passenger. As I continued to read this, I realized that Elan was just engaging in bullying. He was preying on a weaker person and a bully would never pick on a stronger victim. I am on team Grow Up and Act with Some Friggin Compassion. Tis the season and all.

  • John G.

    There is nothing I hate more than people who treat people in service industries like shit just because they can.

    I don't know who this guy is, but I would never be on the woman's side. There's no excuse to behave like that to underpaid people who are forced to work with the entitled public. Just because you're a paying customer, doesn't make you a king or queen.

  • Bananapanda

    Similar to this - my dad's wife was getting lunch the other day and a woman was mad b/c they hadn't gotten her order quite right (in person she cancelled one of 7 sandwiches ordered by phone). The deli owner explained that it was too late to cancel but eventually agreed to take it off the order, no charge. She then proceeded to bitch about 'what ever happened to customer service' repeatedly while he rang up the order. After about the fifth comment...the (slow burning) deli owner slid the sandwiches back to his side of the counter and said "Ma'am please don't ever come back here."

    The other customers practically did a slow clap for the deli owner.

  • TK

    As someone who is mere days away from taking a toddler on an intercontinental, 24 hour airplane trip, I find that I am in no position to judge "Diane in 7A". Court is right. Airlines are the worst, and they bring out the worst in people. And you know NOTHING about those people.

    True story: back in December of 2001, my sister and I were flying back to South Africa to visit the family. It was three months after 9/11 and we, being of ethnically indeterminate appearance, were getting stopped by security constantly. Literally, five times between getting out of the cab and getting to the gate -- it was painfully obvious profiling, but we swallowed it because, you know, fucking terrorism. Finally, we were on our way through the tunnel and we got stopped one last time by a poor little guy who was likely just doing what some frantic higher-up told him to do. And he searched my bag, and he tried to take the handful of AA batteries that I had, and we completely lost our minds at the poor bastard. And then continued our furious histrionics on the plane. It's actually a very funny story now, but then it must have been infuriating to everyone around us. But we had very good, nearly justifiable reasons, even though we appeared to be total assholes at the time.

    People have a lot of shit going on in their lives, and when traveling, the worst is brought out of them. And yeah, some of them likely are unrepentant fuckheads. But not all of them. Plus, he who is without sin and all that. So shithead up there probably got a few laughs and the unfettered glory of 24 hours worth of viral popularity, but all he really did was make a miserable person even more miserable.

    I know I'm not renowned for my kindly attitude, but one can't help but wonder what would have happened had he sent her a glass of wine with a note displaying actual human kindness, instead of being an antagonistic, immature dickwagon.

  • L.O.V.E.

    "Diane in 7A" is that asshole who will expect you to keep your kid from crying during a 24 hour airplane trip. If she can't understand the basic premise that flight attendants have no control over when a plane is cleared to take off, she isn't going to understand that even your best efforts cannot prevent a baby from getting fussy or crying.

  • Some Guy

    Do you know Diane personally? I'm sure you're an excellent judge of character, but you're making leaps in logic by assuming how she'd react in other situations based solely the twitter account of a hollywood producer trying to cultivate his popularity online.

    Honestly, it's probably one of the worst ways you could go about judging someone's character.

  • L.O.V.E.

    Yes, I know Diane personally. This Elan jerkwad and I live in the same imaginary realm with make-believe Diane from Seat 7A. Now excuse me while I figure out a way to spam his twitter account with dicks for him to eat.

  • TK

    Look, I'm not denying that she was being an asshole. I'm just saying that being a smug, condescending, insulting shitheel towards her does nothing to alleviate the situation, and in fact just makes things worse for everyone involved.
    I fully expect that there will be people who will have no patience for my kid when he loses his shit because we won't let him run around on a goddamn airplane. But I have no intention of antagonizing or insulting those people, because what's the fucking point?

  • kushiro -

    I sympathize. I get the full security check every time I fly, and usually on each leg of a multi-stop journey (even though I'm pretty harmless-looking mostly-white-looking dude) . One time at O'Hare I got off a flight from Japan, got checked on the way to a connecting flight, then walked down a short hallway with no doors, and got checked again before I could enter the gate lounge. I could literally turn around and see the previous checkpoint down the hall. And both times I got the bomb chemicals test.

    They should really give out stickers or wristbands or something.

  • Jezzer

    The only rumor I've seen about "Diane" having cancer came from the comments section of the original story, and it wasn't so much a rumor as apologists for her saying, "What if she had cancer or something??"

    If she was, then she was an asshole with cancer.

  • Al Borland's Beard

    I don't understand why any of this is happening. Twitter is fucking stupid.

  • alwaysanswerb

    Thank you, Courtney. I was kinda wondering if my funny bone was broken when everyone seemed to love this guy and all I saw was a sanctimonious prick. It's not even that I'm Team Diane, but my parents did teach me that two wrongs don't make a right.

    His behavior aside, haven't aspiring comedians been taught yet that airline travel is like, the lowest hanging fruit? I'm almost more offended that he picked the easiest of all possible targets to mine for the lulz than I am that he was a douche about it.

  • I'm going to disagree with your take with the proviso that it could all have been a stunt/sketch gone viral/bad joke. And really, you kind of have to simply because we've yet to hear from anyone else aboard that flight corroborating or disputing the "facts" as Elan put them; which is odd for a story that's gone as viral as this. I get "Diane" not stepping forward or the airline keeping its mouth shut, but there's other passengers and not one has pipped up to say "I was there. I saw the whole thing. I was an Eyewitness."

    All that said, while I agree with your overall assessment of air travel, I can't agree with dismissing "Diane" as an annoying passenger. Because it doesn't just happen at airports. It happens at supermarkets. It happens at stadiums. It happens at coffee shops. People turn into rude assholes when things don't go their way and act as if somehow it's a personal affront to them. And most of us do as you did and turn a blind eye to it while that person goes on arguing and berating the staff.

    Do I think it was funny? I think it was a Twitter version of Death Wish, with people vicariously living telling someone they perceived as an asshole off.

  • In my room, beside my bed, I have a drawer where I keep my absolute favourite books: the ones I pick up more often than any others. There are some Vonneguts; some Hunter S. Thompsons; some Dostoyevskys. As you can imagine, this leaves very little room in the drawer for other things. That tiny space is where I keep the Fucks that I have to give. I notice now in retrospect that the hours that this Twitter incident apparently took place my bedside drawer had remained firmly shut.
    Being a selective Luddite can be very good for the soul sometimes.

  • Slim

    Exactly. Grateful I missed these exchanges over the long weekend and feel a little dumber for spending the last 6 minutes on them now.

  • BWeaves

    I'm with you.

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