When I first heard about the JetBlue flight attendant story, I presciently tweeted that this will be the “Must Read NYC Story of the Day.” In case you’ve been living in a cave the past couple days and don’t know what I’m referring to, here’s a short summary. The Jet Blue flight attendant in the center of the storm Steven Slater dealt with an abusive passenger by cursing over the plane intercom (it went something like this: “F— you! F— all of you! I’m f—— through with this! I’VE HAD IT! I’ve been doing this for 28 f—— years and I can’t take it anymore. And for the f—– a—–who told me to f— off: f— you! That’s it! I’m done! F— you all!”), then dramatically deplaning via the emergency exit slide – but not before grabbing a couple beers for the road.
What’s been remarkable about the story is generally how united the public has been in supporting Steven and saying the passenger is the one who should’ve been arrested. Many are paying tribute and calling him a folk hero. A Washington Post poll asked “Were flight attendant Steven Slater’s alleged actions justifiable?” 43 percent selected “Legendary. He stole a beer AND activated the slide” and 29% said it was “Completely justified. Travelers are so impatient these days.” Slater has tapped into a national frustration.
Over at Metafilter, one MeFite Astro Zombie penned “The Ballad of Steven Slater” which Josh Millard aka Cortex (a MeFi moderator) then put to song. It’s fantastic. I know pilot Captain Sully was the hero for 2009, but I don’t remember anyone writing a song about him. Steven Slater is the new Sully of 2010. Full lyrics after the jump.