Posted by: bridget | 6 October 2007

Southwest Strikes Again

Remember the wailing and nashing of teeth that accompanied Southwest’s decision to tell a scantily-clad young woman to change clothes or get off the plane?  Well, have no fear, feminists: Southwest asked a man to change his t-shirt, turn it inside out, or get off the plane.  His shirt was from a fictional fishing store and said, “Master Baiter.” 

Aside from having bad taste, the man in question has little knowledge of the law.  He claimed that Southwest was infringing on his freedom of speech. Well, sir, the right to free speech is the right to not have the government intrude upon your speech.  Private companies can do pretty much whatever they want.  Although common carriers are sometimes held to the same rules as the government, Southwest is surely not infringing “free speech” rights by asking half-naked women to cover up and lewd men to hide their sketchiness.

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  1. I love Southwest! Every time a story like this comes out, it just makes me want to fly more with them.

  2. Ditto that! No half-naked women or sketchy men. I like. :)

  3. I love SWA!

    Who really feels sorry for the little skank or sketchy perv? Not I! :)

  4. I’m all about freedom, but no one wants to see someone’s private parts or be subjected to obscenity.

  5. How lame. Didn’t he at least have one of those “Big Johnson” shirts? HA!

  6. Maybe he knew that free expression doesn’t extend to false advertising…???

  7. Whoops – did I say that? :::Blinks:::

  8. I don’t get it. What’s wrong with saying you’re good at fishing?

  9. Nothing, dahlin, nothing at all.

  10. Hi Bridget………….

    “He claimed that Southwest was infringing on his freedom of speech. Well, sir, the right to free speech is the right to not have the government intrude upon your speech. Private companies can do pretty much whatever they want.”

    Great point here, I hear people on TV (usually liberals throw this around all the time when it doesn’t apply.

    I also like the one where everybody (usually liberals again) falls all over themselves talking about “presumption of innocence.” I think that deals with the due process of the judical system, not the opinions of those that can clearly see what happened in circumstances and choose to comment on them. …….steve

  11. Steve,

    Good to have you back in blog-land! I hope everything is going well.

    Liberals understand that presumption of innocence is only a legal issue – just ask them about Duke Lacrosse. Heck, most of them still think the guys did it, even after the stripper admitted she was lying, even after the DNA test determined that she slept with every guy in North Carolina except the members of the Duke lacrosse team, and after Nifong has faced charges for bringing the case forward.

    Sigh.


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