So THIS is why thousands of us dragged luggage nearly 2 miles to get to LAX, but still missed our flights. Fortunately, a 7 hour wait for the next flight to Houston won't affect me that much, but my heart sank for the elderly and parents with small children who did their best to walk all that way but had no chance of making their flights. I love witnessing people exercise their right to protest! But it saddened me to see the joy on their faces knowing that they were successful in disrupting so many people's travel plans. Yes, immigrants were affected by this as well. Brilliant. ??
If you can't at least mildly sympathize with Sage Steele here then you are flat out lying to yourself. I think I speak for those with at least an ounce of self awareness when I say that being inconvenienced while traveling is the one thing that will you turn you into your worst, most dehumanizing version of self. Seriously, if I have to drive more than two levels up in the airport parking garage the thoughts that go through my head are far concerning than the unlawful detainment of innocent immigrants. If I put myself in Sage Steele's shoes then I can promise you that there wouldn't have been a single moment in my life that I would have given less of a fuck about refugees than I did as I lugged bags around on a journey that sounds vaguely similar to my great-grandfather's snowy uphill hike to and from elementary school.
What I can't support is her putting a voice to the narcissistic, self-important bullshit that our collective brain begins to process when it's forced to wait in an obnoxiously long security line. I'm not here to criticize anyone for their homicidal thoughts as the "gatekeeper" gets on the mic and announces yet another delay, but I am here to chastise anyone that keeps a public record of their stupidity in those situations. I'm probably giving Sage Steele too much credit her, but one would hope she'd look back at that Instagram post and realize that it could be summed up with a caption of "I know the lives of people must less fortunate than myself are at risk, but...". I mean, any rational person could see how dumb it is to attach an American flag to some self centered rant against people exercising a right that is inherently American to fight against a process that couldn't be anymore unAmerican. Unfortunately, rationality is outside the realm of possibility when you've learned that you've missed a flight.
So don't let the children and elderly that were undoubtedly walking alongside her fool you, because the "inspiration" for this post wasn't the hardships that people other than herself had to face. I simply can't take her seriously when she's using other immigrants and their insanely untimely travel plans to enhance her selfish narrative. Her heart didn't sink for a goddamn soul, because the type of person that lets their (completely understandable) frustration speak for them on the internet is one that is temporarily without compassion. We've all been there so I'm not going to crucify her for having an inhumane lack of perspective. I will, however, crucify her for failing to put her head down, her headphones in, and silently trudging through it like every other schmuck who has fallen victim to a crappy airport experience without trying to justify being an egotistical asshole online.
Oh well, at least she's never proven that she's a hypocrite or anything...