Thursday, September 29, 2005

Flight Attendants Outraged Over Jodie Foster Film

From Reuters:

LOS ANGELES (Reuters) - Labor unions representing most of the nation's 90,000 flight attendants have urged their members to boycott a new Jodie Foster film that portrays a flight attendant and a U.S. air marshal as terrorists.

They said that casting cabin crew members as villains in the movie "Flightplan" was irresponsible in light of heightened security concerns since the September 11, 2001 attacks, in which suicide hijackers used airliners as guided missiles.

The Walt Disney Co. film, which was the No. 1 release at the North American box office last weekend, stars Foster as an airline passenger who awakens from an in-flight nap to find her young daughter missing. It turns out that one of the flight attendants aboard is involved in a terrorist plot hatched by the plane's air marshal.

A union statement issued on Tuesday also complained that other flight attendants in the film are shown as being "rude, unhelpful and uncaring."

"This depiction of flight attendants is an outrage," said Association of Flight Attendants (AFA) International President Patricia Friend. "Flight attendants continue to be the first line of defense on an aircraft and put their lives on the line day after day for the safety of passengers."

An AFA spokeswoman in Washington said the unions worry that moviegoers will take away impressions that will make it more difficult for flight attendants to "earn the trust and respect of passengers."

"It's just so irresponsible," the spokeswoman, Corey Caldwell, told Reuters on Wednesday.

She said the portrayal of airline cabin crew members as evil-doers adds further insult to long-standing Hollywood stereotypes that have depicted flight attendants as sexualized bubble heads or as harsh, humorless disciplinarians.

A Disney spokesman said that in making "Flightplan," which grossed nearly $25 million last weekend, "there was absolutely no intention on the part of the studio or filmmakers to create anything but a great action thriller."

Pastorius Note: No Mr. Disney Spokeshole, there was intention on the part of the Disney corporation to AVOID AT ALL COSTS any realistic discussion of terrorism. There was an implicit intent to further Dhimmify Americans.

I say everyone should boycott this movie. In fact, I haven't seen a Hollywood movie in a year, other than childrens movies. If I could avoid those without making my poor kids have to be part of my adult wrath at Hollywood, believe me, I would.

Think about the unspoken reality of this Flight Attendant Union Press Release. Flight Attendants are in the air all the time. They and their fellow flight attendants know each other and talk with each other on a fairly constant basis. Considering all the rumors, and in some cases, direct testimonies about Muslim-looking men conducting dry runs, these Flight Attendants know the truth of what is going on. They know that this War on Terror is being fought right under their noses. And, they are being portrayed as the dangerous bad guys?

God, what an insult that must be to them.

Be extra nice to the Flight Attendant next time you fly.