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A Doctor Was Removed From A Plane For Wearing A Romper And Only Allowed Back On When She Covered Up In A Blanket

Dr. Latisha “Tisha” Rowe, a family medicine specialist, was removed from an American Airlines plane because her outfit was viewed as “inappropriate” by flight staff. Dr. Rowe was directed off the plane, as she and her eight-year-old son were about to take their seats.

On the jetway, Dr. Rowe was confronted by a different flight attendant, who asked Rowe if she had a jacket, suggesting that she would be allowed on the plane if she were to cover up.

Dr. Rowe stated that she is both conscientious about what she wears and aware of double-standards in dress when it comes to women and people of color, but she was still surprised when approached by a flight attendant about her outfit: a romper. Dr. Rowe, who noted that there were other women wearing similar outfits on the plane from Jamaica to Miami, believes that her curves and the color of her skin may have been the real problem after a flight attendant told her that flight crew had flagged her outfit.

Taking care not to upset her son, Dr. Rowe attempted to deescalate the situation, during a series of insistent exchanges with the flight attendant, who she said was “embarrassed and fighting back tears.”

The flight attendant told Dr. Rowe that she would not be allowed back on the plane if she didn’t change her clothes or cover up.

Dr. Rowe and her son were only allowed back on the plane when the doctor covered herself with a blanket as she boarded the plane which she did, feeling “humiliated.” She was instructed to stay covered during the duration of the flight.

“If I were a white woman, you would have not asked me to get off the plane,” Rowe told the flight attendant during their series of exchanges.

Recent research study findings concerning black women and their bodies could shed some light on Dr. Rowe’s recent experience with American Airlines.

  • The Pacific Standard article “Research Suggests Black Women are More Likely to Be Objectified And Dehumanized” which summarizes recent study findings learned asserts that the findings support the perceptions of black women who believe that they are looked at differently than others.
  • Using eye-tracking technology, one study gathered these findings by tracking how long study participants gazed on black women’s breasts and groin areas.
  • The study found that black women are objectified more often and seen as less human.

After arriving at her destination in Miami, Dr. Rowe took to Twitter to share a photo of herself wearing the romper that ostensibly got her removed from the plane. In her tweet, she implies that she was asked to cover herself with the blanket because the romper shorts which did not cover her legs or shoulders caused her to be sexualized:

“Here is what I was wearing when @AmericanAir asked me to deplane for a talk. At which point I was asked to ‘cover up’ When defending my outfit I was threatened with not getting back on the flight unless I walked down the aisle wrapped in a blanket. #notsofriendlyskies” 

Other doctors on twitter were quick to reply to the post.

The following day Twitter user Traci Marie commented on Dr. Rowe’s post stating that she had recently flow wearing much less than Rowe, saying “My frame is smaller, my skin is fair & that’s not a coincidence.”

Others were quick to agree that the decision to boot Dr. Rowe from the plane had to be related to her race.

@RighteousVnger asked,  “@AmericanAir why did I IMMEDIATELY know upon reading the headline that the woman in the romper was black? #notsofriendlyskies shame on you and you lost a client (that you never had) for life.”

Twitter user Sunit Sanghrajka also supported Rowe and condemned American Airlines, saying that it was the airline that was inappropriate and not Dr. Rowe: “This is so inappropriate. American Airlines are now the “Fashion Police” #notsofriendlyskies. This is discrimination!

Erin Turnigan said, “You would think a company that is “#ClearedForLove” would be cleared for allowing women to wear whatever they please on their flights,” implying that the airlines showed no love to Dr. Rowe at all.

American Airlines spokeswoman Shannon Gilson, said in a public statement, that the airline has attempted to reach out to and apologize to Dr. Rowe and her son Chase.

Perhaps fearing further public backlash, in the statement, Gilson stated that the company has refunded Rowe for her travel. In 2017, the NAACP issued a travel warning about the airline that stated in part ” booking and boarding flights with American Airlines could subject them disrespectful, discriminatory or unsafe conditions.” This ban was not lifted until 2018 sometime after Dr. David Dao was assaulted by flight crew and dragged bloodied from the plane after refusing to give up his seat when he and a few other passengers were randomly selected to be removed from the flight to make room for additional flight staff.

Regarding this most recent incident Shannon Gilson made the following statement:

“We were concerned about Dr. Rowe’s comments, and reached out to her and our team at the Kingston airport to gather more information about what occurred,” Gilson added. “We want to personally apologize to Dr. Rowe and her son for their experience, and have fully refunded their travel. We are proud to serve customers of all backgrounds and are committed to providing a positive, safe travel experience for everyone who flies with us.”

Given its track record, it is unclear whether refunding Dr. Rowe’s flight costs is an attempt from American Airlines to manage their reputation and avoid a lawsuit.  Still, Dr. Rowe, who has sought legal counsel in this matter, has said, through her lawyer that she will give the airline an opportunity to “make it right.”

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Ben Affleck Gets Candid About the ‘Racist, Sexist’ Attacks JLo Faced When They Were Together

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Ben Affleck Gets Candid About the ‘Racist, Sexist’ Attacks JLo Faced When They Were Together

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Ben Affleck is opening up about the early 2000s when he and Jennifer Lopez were Hollywood’s It Couple. The duo–formerly known by the moniker “Bennifer”–captivated the world with their glamourous and somewhat surprising courtship.

But the relationship eventually unraveled under the intense pressure of public scrutiny.

In a recent podcast appearance, Affleck revealed just how terrible and racially-charged the criticism on their relationship was.

“People were so f–king mean about her,” he said on The Hollywood Reporter’s Awards Chatter podcast. “Sexist, racist, ugly, vicious s–t was written about her in ways that if you wrote it now, you would literally be fired for saying those things you said.”

“At first At first it was like Dick and Liz [Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor], it was this sort of infatuation: ‘What an interesting couple‘. And then there was a ton of resentment. A ton of resentment against me, a ton of resentment against Jennifer.”

He went on to explain that what was so fascinating about the relationship to the general public–namely, how they had such vastly different backgrounds–wasn’t something he thought twice about.

Affleck went on to sing JLo’s praises, saying that she deserves all of the praise and adulation she now receives.

“Now it’s like, she’s lionized and respected for the work she did, where she came from, what she accomplished–as well she f**king should be!” he said.

“She was very much like the kind of girl I went to high school with,” he explained. “It was a very socioeconomically mixed, ethnically mixed place–those kinds of differences that just seem to shock America were meaningless to me.”

“I would say you have a better shot, coming from the Bronx, of ending up as like [Justice Sonia] Sotomayor on the Supreme Court than you do of having Jennifer Lopez’s career and being who she is at 50 years old today…just on a pure odds level.”

He concluded: “I never met anyone who worked harder than Jennifer Lopez.” On that, we can definitely agree.

Jennifer Lopez has also been candid about how traumatic the public response was back then to her relationship with Ben Affleck.

“I was eviscerated,” she told Vanity Fair in 2017 about the media coverage of her and Ben’s relationship we well as their much-maligned film, “Gigli”. “I lost my sense of self, questioned if I belonged in this business, thought maybe I did suck at everything. And my relationship [with Affleck] self-destructed in front of the entire world. It was a two-year thing for me until I picked myself up again.”

But now, it appears they’re both in happier places. Ben Affleck has two children with his ex-wife, Jennifer Garner and JLo is happily engaged to Alex Rodriguez.

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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UPS Delivery Man Is Fired After Video Surfaces of His Anti-Latino Racist Rant

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An unnamed UPS delivery driver has been fired after being caught using racist language when delivering a package to a Latino household. The incident occurred on December 17th.

The video, which was caught on a doorbell camera’s security footage, shows a white UPS driver appearing to be angry when delivering a package.

“Now you don’t get f—–g nothing…You can’t read and write and speak the f—–g English language,” he says while writing a “failed to deliver” notice and pasting it on the house’s front door.

The Aviles family says that the footage shows that the UPS worker never even attempted to deliver the package in the first place. He never rang the doorbell or knocked on the door. Based on that, the family has come to the conclusion that the driver intentionally withheld the package from the family out of prejudice and spite

They believe that the only way the driver could’ve known that the family was Latino was by making assumptions based off the name on the package.

“The only information this driver had that could serve as a trigger for this deep-seated hate was the name on the package,” said Forward Latino President Darryl Morin at a press conference addressing the incident.

“So what we have here is a very intentional act to ruin Christmas for somebody, for someone to spew this hateful rhetoric, and quite honestly to deceive their employer,” Morin continued.

Per UPS, the employee has now been fired. “There is no place in any community for racism, bigotry or hate. This is very serious and we promptly took action, terminating the driver’s employment. UPS is wholeheartedly committed to diversity, equity and inclusion,” UPS said in a statement. They also said they contacted the family to apologize.

But the Aviles family is still rattled that such bigoted people are out and about, letting their petty prejudices effect other people’s lives.

“The package was a Christmas gift that we eventually received after Christmas Day, but what if it happened to have time-sensitive content like an epipen or a book I needed to take a final,” said Shirley Aviles, the mother of the man who lives at the address, told NBC News. “I don’t get it. It’s just sad.”

Aviles seemed disturbed about what this incident says about human nature. “This is about the things people do when they think no one is watching them. That’s important because that’s when you see people’s true colors and that’s what’s scary,”

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