The former ‘90210’ actress calls out the company for denying her gay friends and their two daughters the family boarding.
AnnaLynne McCord penned an open letter to Southwest Airlines. The former “Nip/Tuck” actress claimed that the company’s employees dissed her gay friends, Jake Lapp and David Lionel, who were on a trip with their two daughters. The foursome was allegedly not allowed to board flight as a family.
“Dear Southwest Airlines,” she began. “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, the young girls in this photo were made to feel just that by individuals who wear your logo and represent your company,” she continued, referring to the picture she attached on her letter. “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.”
The 30-year-old star went on, “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.”
The “90210” alum finally concluded, “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.”
Dear Southwest Airlines,
Have you ever felt bullied? Have you ever been picked on?…
— AnnaLynne McCord (@IAMannalynnemcc)