Delta Airlines will be removing Chris Rock’s 2008 comedy special “Kill the Messenger” from its in-flight entertainment viewing options after a complaint about the comedian’s use of an anti-gay slur.
According to GayTravel.com, Jeremy Foreshew, an employee at Grindr, was watching the special on his flight from New York to Los Angeles. The special included a lengthy rant on when it is acceptable to call someone a “f**got.” The clip can be viewed here.
“I just came to a place where I couldn’t believe this was something happening in 2016,” Foreshew told GayTravel.com. “When you think of the number of people who fly Delta every day and have access to that language…it just shocked me.”
Foreshew alerted a flight attendant who connected him with Delta’s Human Resources managers. Delta responded saying they would be pulling the special from its airline.
“The Chris Rock ‘Kill the Messenger’ segment should not have been uploaded on flights based on our criteria for excluding onboard programming that includes content featuring explicit language, slurs, extreme violence, and explicit scenes,” Delta released in a statement to GayTravel.com. “We apologize to any customers who were offended by the content or our airing of the segment, and we are working as quickly as possible to remove it from our aircraft. Our commitment to inclusion and respect of all customers is rooted in Delta’s values and culture, and we proudly embrace diverse people, thinking and styles.”
Delta recently came under fire for screening an edited version of “Carol,” which censored scenes of lead actresses Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara kissing.