Lena Dunham Calls Out American Airlines Flight Attendants for "Transphobic Talk"
"At this moment in history we should be teaching our employees about love and inclusivity," the 'Girls' creator told the company.
Lena Dunham was tweeting about her flight delay and jokingly comparing it to the Lord of the Flies when a more serious matter caught her attention. The Girls creator said she overheard two American Airlines flight attendants "having a transphobic talk."
"At this moment in history we should be teaching our employees about love and inclusivity @AmericanAir," tweeted Lena Dunham in the early morning hours on Thursday. "That was worst part of this night."
American Airlines said Dunham's comments had them "concerned" and asked her to direct message with more details. Dunham obliged, explaining that she had been flying a different airline and was walking to baggage claim when she overheard two female attendants walking and talking "about how trans kids are a trend they'd never accept a trans child and transness is gross."
She continued, "I think it reflects badly on uniformed employees of your company to have that kind of dialogue going on. What if a trans teen was walking behind them? Awareness starts at home but jobs can set standards of practice."
The company asked Dunham for more specific details on where she heard the conversation and said they would look into the matter.
When speaking with The Hollywood Reporter, an American Airlines representative said, "We are looking into these allegations." He added that American Airlines is "not the only airline that serves that terminal in JFK," and noted that the last departure and arrival of an American Airlines plane happened "nearly an hour and a half" before Dunham tweeted about the incident.
The rep continued, "From the team members we hire to the customers we serve, inclusion and diversity is a way of life at American Airlines. Every day, our team members work to make American a place where people of all generations, races, ethnicities, genders, sexual orientations, religious affiliations and backgrounds feel welcome and valued."
Not gonna call out the airline who delayed cuz shit happens BUT I did just overhear 2 @AmericanAir attendants having a transphobic talk.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) August 3, 2017
At this moment in history we should be teaching our employees about love and inclusivity @AmericanAir. That was worst part of this night.— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) August 3, 2017
Well this night just keeps evolving pic.twitter.com/gYfXadYBUH— Lena Dunham (@lenadunham) August 3, 2017