It seems as though Americans, as much as they’d like to, can’t escape the encroachment of politics into every nook and cranny of their personal lives.
The theater of our governmental landscape has become the entertainment du jour, in part due to coronavirus-induced lag in Hollywood, but also on the heels of President Donald Trump’s first term, which was an incredibly unique time in American history.
Now, however, as private citizens look to wear their political hearts on their sleeves, corporations are being forced to toe a fine line.
Southwest Airlines said Sunday it’s conducting an internal investigation after one of its pilots used a phrase that’s become a stand-in for insulting President Joe Biden during the pilot’s greeting to passengers over the plane’s public address system last week.
The airline announced its investigation after The Associated Press reported the incident in a story about the growing use of the phrase “Let’s go, Brandon,” an aphorism in conservative circles for a vulgarity targeting Mr. Biden.
The pilot’s use of the phrase drew audible gasps from some passengers on the flight from Houston to Albuquerque on Friday. An AP reporter was on the flight.
Southwest was not pleased.
The airline said in a statement it would “address the situation directly with any Employee involved while continuing to remind all Employees that public expression of personal opinions while on duty is unacceptable.”
“Southwest does not condone Employees sharing their personal political opinions while on the job serving our Customers, and one Employee’s individual perspective should not be interpreted as the viewpoint of Southwest and its collective 54,000 Employees,” the statement said.
“Let’s Go Brandon” has become a bit of a war chant for the conservative right, after a sports announcer attempted to sanitize a much more profane chant aimed at the current president on live television some weeks ago.