South by Southwest is a magical place where everyone can have an opinion and free speech is encouraged. But once you leave, the cold reality hits. One man found out the true meaning of oppression Monday, when he was allegedly kicked off a flight for wearing a Broad City shirt.
More specifically, student Daniel Podolsky's shirt said "Broad Fucking City," and this is apparently not in line with Southwest Airlines' policy. He was reportedly on a flight from Dallas to Chicago on Monday, but it was diverted to St. Louis because of inclement weather. He claims he went to the bathroom, and when he returned to the gate, the agent told him his shirt would not be allowed. Here's a photo of him wearing the shirt at Stubb's during SXSW. In a Facebook post, he claims this is how much was visible on the flight.
In an interview with St. Louis's Fox 2 (Podolsky allegedly reached out to them after being kicked off the flight), he says he was never given a chance to take his shirt off before the plane took off again: "It just happened so fast. Within 30 seconds the flight was gone. I mean I would have gladly done so.”