Tuesday, April 28, 2009

Joel Madden Stays Calm


By now you have probably heard that when Joel Madden and Nicole Richie were attempting to board a flight from London to Lisbon over the weekend, a British Airways representative told him he would need to cover his tattoos or stay in London. You have to give Joel a whole bunch of credit for not playing the "Don't you know who I am," card.

Instead the most he did was say that he was going to write a letter to British Airways and definitely not ever fly them again. He never lost his cool and never threw anything at anyone. He didn't yell and this is despite the fact that "i was embarrrassed all the people were staring and laughing! its not in the rules that i can find.my tatts arent offensive. looking into it. i havent felt this small since the first time i asked nic out."

I find it hard to believe that people were laughing, except maybe at the British Airways staff, or at the spelling in Joel's Twitter post. I'm sure people were staring and it probably had nothing to do with it being Joel and Nicole. I know I would be staring if some person at BA was telling some person to cover up their tattoos or they would be denied boarding.

I watched that show Airline and I think I saw every possible way you could be denied boarding, and having tattoos wasn't one of them. For their part, BA said the person who told Joel Madden he couldn't board has been disciplined and that BA has no policy against showing tattoos.

So, would this person have made David Beckham cover his tattoos?

13 comments:

Sylvia said...

Probably.

faithy said...

Another website asked if this person would have made Angeline Jolie cover her tatoos. I think that is a good question.....

lutefisk said...

I don't understand why he was asked to cover them if it is not a British Airway's policy. An employee just took it upon himself to make up rules?

not on my dollar said...

THIS employee would have asked just about anybody to cover up the tatts if they didn't recognize the celebrity or if they just didn't like them.

Miss said...

I think Becks is a god in the UK ( and everywhere else but here ) so he would have been cool. I bet $100 this person had no idea who Joel Madden was.

Harriet Hellfire said...

My husband, who has a lot of tattoos, was once told he had to wear long sleeves at work. His (joke) response: "Is it because I'm coloured?".

It never came up again.

NYC2008 said...

I would tell Backham to remove his clothes.

bflogurl said...

LMAO Harriet and NYC!!!! Bwaa haa haaa =)

Little Miss Smoke and Mirrors said...

Becks would have been personally escorted to his seat in first class and orally pleasured.

nunaurbiz said...

Obviously I have a big gap in my pop culture education (though I'm not really worried about it), so I'll ask:

Does anyone know what tats he has that were offensive?

And what Beck's tats are?

jax said...

i have flown a lot on BA, my brother works for them and I can tell you this BA staff member was prob fired after this. there is NO RULE about tats...i know becasue my brother has them, they are visable and he works on the flights.

the only time they might maybe ask you to be more respectfully attired etc. is when they convert the first class for the Queen to fly. yup, she flies commercial!

bionic bunny! said...

good on the queen!

bc2003 said...

this may be percieved as minor detail, but nicole wasn't with him. just think as these gossip items are posted, the facts should be true. part of the reason i love this site so much is that i trust the facts posted.