Earlier this week, Groundhog Day actress, Andie MacDowell tweeted her displeasure when she was forced to fly coach rather than first class. Her tweet, directed the American Airlines Twitter account read: “HELP I paid for first class & they put me in tourist because of my dog that I pre-booked and paid for.” As a result of this tweet, people got pissed. And if you’re one of those people, I just want to say FUCK YOU.
Why do I say such harsh things? Because Ms. MacDowell (Groundhog Day) was not acting like the elitist, out of touch, celebrity bitch that everyone wants her to be. Like, not even a little. First and foremost, her tweet was accompanied by this photo of her smiling with her fellow passengers.
Secondly, she had every right to be upset. She paid for something and did not get it. That’s a pretty valid reason to be upset. Imagine purchasing The White Album on iTunes, but instead they give you Green Day’s American Idiot, the worst thing to have ever happened to sound. You would not be happy, and would likely lodge some sort of complaint, or demand a refund/exchange/grief counseling.
And that’s my next point. MacDowell (Groundhog Day) didn’t pitch a fit when forced to ride coach, she simply requested two things:
1. A chance to see if someone wished to trade seats (which was reportedly refused by a rude flight attendant).
2. A refund of the difference in ticket prices WHICH SHE PLANNED TO GIVE TO CHARITY.
Oh, and did I mention that she was flying to a charity event? Well she was flying to a charity event, and you, angry social media user, are an asshole.
Once again, the court of social media is in session, where emotion trumps information at every turn, and poor people like me end up writing blandly comedic think pieces to defend celebrities to whom I have very little allegiance, simply because my fellow plebeians with our hair-trigger toward being offended cause me shame. Plus, I fucking love Groundhog Day.