AnnaLynne McCord blasts airline over treatment of gay friends
AnnaLynne McCord has blasted Southwest Airlines over its treatment of her gay friends and their daughters.
The 30-year-old actress was horrified to discover that the airline refused to allow her friends, Jake Lapp and David Lionel, to use the family boarding policy with their daughters because they are gay and she took to Instagram to write an open letter to the company.
AnnaLynne wrote: “Dear Southwest Airlines,
“Have you ever felt bullied? Have you ever been picked on? Have you ever been rejected? The one who got left out because for some reason to another person you didn’t measure up; you did not belong?
“A couple of days ago, these young girls were made to feel just that by individuals who wear your logo and represent your company. It was their first flight ever and they were so excited to join their Daddies on a family trip.
“Only your employees made it clear that these beautiful little girls and their fathers were not in fact ‘family.’ And when it came time for ‘Family Boarding’ these little girls were shown what has caused the detriment in our world; hate. They were not allowed to board with the other families and had to watch as their fathers were told that they didn’t count as family. Love is what these wonderful little girls have for their Dads. Love does not separate, it unites.
“So, I would just like to ask you ‘why’? Why would your company representatives (the desk agents boarding the plane on behalf of your corporation) believe that it is okay to reject these little girls’ love for their fathers, making them feel that they are not good enough? That their family should be left out? Is that not a form of bullying? Is that not a form of hate? I certainly wouldn’t call it love.
“I implore you, as a company that seeks to provide a happy experience for all of its customers, to hire individuals who despise hate, not love; who embrace difference, not look down on it.
“Please, don’t allow your company to promote the hate that destroys the pure innocence of the love of a child.
“With an Absolutely Broken Heart, AnnaLynne McCord.”