Tuesday, September 27, 2011
A lesbian actress who starred in "The L-Word" said she kissed a girl -- and got escorted off of a Southwest Airlines flight on Monday for doing it.
Leisha Hailey took to Twitter to call for a boycott of the carrier after a flight attendant told them other passengers had complained after witnessing the affection.
Her first tweet said: "I have been discriminated against." She later added, "Since when is showing affection to someone you love illegal?"
Southwest Airlines Co. responded on its website that Hailey was approached "based solely on behavior and not gender." The airline's four-sentence response said passengers were characterizing the behavior as excessive.
A discussion followed on the flight, and the airline said it "escalated to a level that was better resolved on the ground."
Hailey was a musician before joining the cast of the Showtime drama featuring the lives of lesbian friends and lovers living in Los Angeles. She played the character Alice Pieszecki.
The actress and her unidentified girlfriend were on a flight from Baltimore to St. Louis. The kissing occurred in the air and a discussion followed when the plane landed.
Hailey said the encounter between the couple and a flight attendant was recorded.
A message seeking comment from Halley's spokeswoman, Libby Coffey, was not immediately returned.
Southwest's website says it is the official airline of the Gay & Lesbian Alliance Against Defamation.
Herndon Graddick, senior director of programs at GLAAD, said in an email that "GLAAD contacted Southwest to call for additional actions beyond tonight's statement that ensure all customers feel comfortable and welcomed while traveling."
Earlier this month, the Dallas-based airline kicked off Green Day's lead man Billie Joe Armstrong for wearing his pants too low. The Grammy winner was escorted off a plane after failing to follow a flight attendant's directive to pull the pants up.
Southwest also removed director Kevin Smith from a flight last year because he didn't fit properly in a single seat. His first tweet read, "Dear (at)SouthwestAir I know I'm fat, but was (the) captain (...) really justified in throwing me off a flight for which I was already seated?"
Halley is preparing to launch a 21-city tour to promote breast cancer awareness.
Thursday, September 8, 2011
Spotlight: Matthew Morrison
Presented by American Express
Saturday, September 24, 2011; 7:30pm
The GRAMMY Museum is pleased to welcome Tony, Emmy and Golden Globe Award nominee Matthew Morrison to the Clive Davis Theater. A star of stage and screen, Morrison is most famous for his current role as Will Schuester on Fox's hit musical comedy series Glee. Morrison studied musical theater, vocal performance and dance at New York University's Tisch School of the Arts. His big Broadway break came when he was cast as heartthrob Link Larkin in the hit Hairspray. Morrison was later nominated for a Tony Award for his role in The Light in the Piazza, and received a Drama Desk Nomination for Outstanding Actor in a Musical for 10 Million Miles. Morrison's self-titled debut album, released in May, has been cited as a mix of classic crooning and "eclectic pop." Featuring duets from artists such as Elton John, Sting and Gwyneth Paltrow, the lighthearted album is a true testament to Morrison's vocal talents. Hear Morrison in discussion about the debut album, his rise to stardom and current success. After an interview with GRAMMY Foundation and MusiCares Vice President Scott Goldman, Morrison will take audience questions and perform a selection of songs.
Doors open at 7:00 pm. American Express presale tickets are $20 and can be purchased online by American Express Card members starting Wednesday, August 31, at noon. Public onsale is Friday, September 9, at noon. American Express is the exclusive payment method for presale tickets. All proceeds benefit the GRAMMY Museum. For more information, please call 213.765.6803.