February 18th, 2010
02:28 PM ET

Kevin Smith, I feel your pain!

[cnn-photo-caption image=http://i.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2010/SHOWBIZ/Movies/02/15/kevin.smith.southwest/t1larg.ksmith.gi.jpg caption="Director Kevin Smith was recently bumped off a Southwest Airlines flight for being too fat." width=300 height=169]

Cathy Ladman
Special to CNN

As many of you already know - because Tweets travel faster than airplanes - Kevin Smith, the portly film director of the movie "Clerks" and the upcoming film "Cop Out," was "politely" asked to disembark from his Southwest flight from Oakland to Burbank because he was too large to fit in the seat.

Okay, let's be frank: He was kicked off the flight. The reason he was given was that his size infringed upon the space of the person sitting next to him and it could cause a safety risk in case of an emergency.

Does it surprise you that an airline that has charged a customer several hundred dollars for the service of transporting him from one place to another would subject said paying customer to the indignity of being told he's too fat to fly? I don't think it does.

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