We always hear about disturbing airplane stories involving celebrities and often times they end up in the tabloids and no one really knows what went down. Michaela Coel, however, brought her horrific recent airline incident straight to social media.
The “Chewing Gum” actress took to Twitter to describe an all-too-common instance of racism she experienced while flying with Virgin Atlantic.
Congratulations to Virgin Atlantic passengers once again!— Michaela Coel (@MichaelaCoel) May 15, 2018
A lady just confused me for a hostess and asked me to clean up her mess and increase the flight temp.
What I’m wearing... what the staff are wearing. pic.twitter.com/MXcQr6tQDs
“Congratulations to Virgin Atlantic passengers once again!” she tweeted under a picture of herself and her outfit and a pic of what VA flight attendants actually wear. “A lady just confused me for a hostess and asked me to clean up her mess and increase the flight temp. What I’m wearing… what the staff are wearing.”
Coel, who didn’t engage in a physical confrontation (even though she had every right with a comment like that), is wondering how her appearance makes her even close to looking like a flight attendant.
Twitter decided to hop in and throw their dukes up for Michaela. See their supportive responses below.
What does she look like? I just wanna talk...— Schoolin’ Life (@sincerely_kiwi) May 15, 2018
they can catch these virgin claplantic hands— menace to civil society (@hoodqueer) May 15, 2018
drag her!!! she knew what she was doing, her way of asserting power (whether consciously or subconsciously) pic.twitter.com/7qH6eJ9Zse— ईश्वर • Øræc-EL • अर्हत (@Mz_Hentai) May 15, 2018
Lmaoooo the fact that we're hearing this from you & not TMZ is proof of how amazing of a person you are because this would be a mugshot photo if she has stopped me pic.twitter.com/4t5mwdYNAU— Belladonna (@ziggyzucchini) May 15, 2018
You should have yelled to the flight attendant, “this passenger has extreme diarrhea... she’s in extreme pain”— Entropy (@The_Prize) May 15, 2018
please help. #dire
So sorry and mad that happened to you. I suddenly envisioned Tracey (of Chewing Gum) responding + now I can't imagine what went down.— Regina Griffin (@Regina_Griffin) May 15, 2018
She wasn't looking at your clothes. 🙄— Kim Mallett (@maroongal75) May 15, 2018
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