Did Maggie McMuffin a burlesque dancer make an error in judgement when she tried boarding a flight in what appears to be her underpants?
Burlesque dancer Maggie McMuffin has told she has been slut shamed after being turned back from a recent JetBlue flight on account of her shorts being too short.
The incident led to the Seattle based performer who was on her way back from NYC, May 18 telling she felt ‘very disrespected’ after JetBlue staff insisted the woman change her shorts before being allowed to board a connecting flight from Boston.
At the time, much to the curiosity and frazzled dispositions of JetBlue staff, Maggie McMuffin had sought to fly out wearing itty bitty black and white striped shorts with (of course) matching thigh high socks along with a long sleeve sweater.
It was whilst ‘patiently’ waiting to board her flight back home that the burlesque dancer told via KIRO-TV of being approached by a gate lead who told her, ‘she was really sorry for bringing this up but just what I was wearing was not appropriate and the flight crew had discussed it and the pilot had decided that I needed to put something else on or I would not be allowed to board the flight.’
Of note, during the earlier leg of the flight, from New York to Boston, (we New Yorkers have seen it all folks …) Maggie McMuffin told of not running into any problems.
That said matters took on a different tact when the burlesque dancer sought to regain entry for the second leg of her flight, from Boston to Seattle.
Asked is she had other clothes on her in which to change into, the dancer responded she didn’t. Nevertheless she did come up with other suggestions, which as it turned out were somewhat less than what JetBlue staff were hoping to hear.
Told Maggie via KOMO-TV who sought to offer altered dress options: ‘I could tie a sweater around my waist.’
‘I could get a blanket from you guys, and they said, ‘If you don’t change your clothes, you’re not going to be able to board this flight.’
Frantic, McMuffin ran through the airport to buy other clothes. She ended up finding $22 sleep shorts.
Fortunately she made her flight just in time, but now Maggie McMuffin is irate.
‘I feel like it’s just a symptom of our patriarchal society that women are sold scantily clad things and if we choose to wear them we can be punished for that,’ she said.
Asked if she felt she’s been the victim of sexism, the dancer instead replied: ‘I would say body shaming and slut shaming more than outright sexism, but it is really hard to remove those two things from misogyny.’
Responding to the fracas, JetBlue said its decision was permitted under company rules.
‘Our contract of carriage allows JetBlue to deny boarding to any customer whose clothing may be offensive to the viewing public,’ the airline said in a statement released to KOMO-TV.
‘We support our crewmembers’ discretion to make these difficult decisions,’ a JetBlue spokesperson added.
McMuffin did get a $162 credit for the flight, but she still wants an apology.
‘If companies are going to seek action against people like me, they should clearly list their boundaries and their dress code,‘ she told KHOU. ‘I think this seems like a small thing, but it’s connected to a lot of larger things in our society, and it’s something JetBlue really needs to analyze.’
What do you think was Maggie slut-shamed? Or could have matters have been averted if she’d realized that she was no longer dancing on stage and simply asked to dress in some degree of palatable decorum less risk offending other flying members of the public….then again define decorum?