DailyMail- Stevens, who was on her way to cover the world championship tournament for online battle game League of Legends, was allowed to board the plane while still wearing the shirt.
But she said problems continued when she had a 'tense exchange' with a flight attendant who asked Stevens to place her bag under the seat in front of her.
'I didn't know if I was going to be staying on the plane or not, I was grumbling because I was frustrated.'
Stevens said she was then told that she could not wear her hat, designed with the logo for the Marvel superhero character Black Panther.
'This is unreal and f*****g racist', Stevens wrote on Twitter.
Stevens said that United officials told her the exchange with the flight attendant was the reason she was being removed from the plane.
First and foremost, I just want to let the transgender community in on a little secret that most people would be scared to acknowledge. Writing about you SUCKS. It's not that I don't support the cause or want you to be anyone other than your true self. It's just that I don't want to be held responsible for getting your particular pronoun exactly right every single time. I'd say about .05% of my blogs are transgender-centric, yet they are responsible for about 90% of my proofreading. It's pretty goddamn inconvenient for those of us that are just trying to spew crap without thinking. Pretty sure the journalist in question would throw a fit if I got caught up with the "he said, she said" bullshit when - in reality - she should be sympathizing with my plight.
Okay, onto this whole plane situation...
Look, I don't have a problem with a woman showing up to her flight in a 'Black Panther' hat and an upside down American flag shirt. I have a problem with the fact that she did it on purpose to cause a stir. If you take this story at face value then yes, it's ridiculous to throw someone off a plane because what they are wearing potentially supports a divisive way of thinking. However, you'd have to be pretty LGBT-biased to believe that's all that happened here.
Chances are that the flight attendant at the door gave Amanda Stevens the side-eye she was desperately seeking when she chose to wear an inverted American flag to a place where she was going to be close quarters with hundreds of judgmental people, and then Amanda Stevens proceeded to act like a petulant child until she was tossed off her flight. It's either that or a pilot staged a mutiny throughout the entire airline staff to get one passenger removed from their seat.
So you tell me, what sounds more plausible? That an African American transgender in an attention seeking outfit felt offended because someone looked at her wrong and started huffing and puffing when asked to put her bag under her seat, or that a flight attendant delayed a flight because of a hat with a cartoon on it? That's not to say there wasn't a little prejudice taking place here. It just wasn't anti-black or anti-transgender prejudice, it was anti-'overly sensitive asshole that can't just look straight ahead and completely ignore others while traveling' prejudice with a hint of anti-'unruly adult that's intentionally causing an unnecessary, childish scene' prejudice. There are no amount of "wahhhhhhh, racism!" tweets that can convince me otherwise.