Thursday, October 06, 2005


The Washington woman was kicked off a Southwest Airlines flight for wearing, as The Associated Press reports, "a T-shirt that bore an expletive and images of President Bush, Vice President Dick Cheney and Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice."

The shirt was a riff on "Meet The Fockers," the annoying movie that reduced Barbra Streisand and Dustin Hoffman (not to mention Robert DeNiro) into pitiful caricatures of their once-great acting selves.

Heasley was asked to cover the shirt, but she says the sweatshirt slipped while she was napping. Southwest Airlines then ordered her to turn it inside-out, or make other travel arrangements.

Heasley, 32, said passengers complained. She told a newspaper in Reno: "I have cousins in Iraq and other relatives going to war. Here we are trying to free another country and I have to get off an airplane ... over a T-shirt. That's not freedom."

God, where to start?

A) Lorrie Heasley is the sort of person who gives all liberals a bad name. We agree wholeheartedly with her sentiment. We just think the shirt is ridiculous and juvenile.

2) She claims her "freedom" was taken away. Why does she think the word "f--ker" on a T-shirt is freedom?

C) Heasley might want to think of the phrase "bad taste" before putting on another shirt. Kids take airplane flights.

It's not just Heasley. We're sick of seeing bumper stickers with profanity. Sick of seeing those back-window stickers of the kid urinating on a rival auto logo. Sick of singers who use the word "f--k" in a song meant to be played to 10-year-old girls.

Sick of people like Lorrie Heasley. Is that the best political dialogue she has to offer?

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

While I don't disagree with your sentiments, I do wish to point out that the U.S. Supreme Court has ruled that a political statement on one's clothing is protected by the First Amendment, even when it includes the F-word. (Cohen v. California, 403 U.S. 15, 1971)

In his majority opinion, Justice Harlan wrote that one "could effectively avoid further bombardment of their sensibilities simply by averting their eyes."

Given this, Lorrie Heasley is essentially correct in her claim that her freedom of speech was abridged.