Chris Rock’s stand-up special Kill The Messenger has been removed from Delta Air Lines in-flight entertainment offerings due to the comedian’s use of a gay slur.
Bosses at the airline were responding to a complaint by Jeremy Foreshew, an employee at gay dating app Grindr, who watched the special on a flight from New York to Los Angeles earlier this month
The 2008 special includes a lengthy segment in which Chris rants about the occasions when it’s acceptable to call a person a “f**got”.
In a statement to the website GayTravel.com Delta bosses said, “The Chris Rock: Kill the Messenger segment should not have been uploaded on flights based on our criteria for excluding onboard programming that includes content featuring explicit language, slurs, extreme violence, and explicit scenes.
“We apologize to any customers who were offended by the content or our airing of the segment, and we are working as quickly as possible to remove it from our aircraft.”
Jeremy, who previously worked selling in-flight entertainment packages to airlines told the website that knowing the stringent criteria many airlines use to determine material shown on their aircraft, he was shocked to see such offensive material available.
“I just came to a place where I couldn’t believe this was something happening in 2016,” he said. “When you think of the number of people who fly Delta every day and have access to that language…it just shocked me.”
The removal of Chris’ comedy special is the second time in recent weeks Delta has come under fire from the gay community for their in-flight entertainment choices.
Earlier this month Twitter users used the hashtag #FreeCarol to protest that the airline only offered a version of the 2015 drama Carol which censored out scenes lead actresses Cate Blanchett and Rooney Mara kissing.