Burlesque Performer Feels Body-Shamed After B6 Asks For Cover Up
She doesn’t wear much in her professional life. So why should it be any different on a plane?
A burlesque dancer who goes by the name of Maggie McMuffin, almost missed her flight when a JetBlue representative refused to let her board unless she changed her clothes. The airline told McMuffin that her black and white cropped shorts were deemed too short by the flight's captain and onboard crew.
The 26 yr. old, whose Twitter profile describes her as “Burlesque Performer & Panty Boss & The Pelvis of Justice,” says she felt "body-shamed" and "slut-shamed" after being told if she couldn't find new bottoms by the time the gate closed, she'd have to take another flight.
"The gate and onboard crew discussed the customer's clothing and determined that the burlesque shorts may offend other families on the flight," a B6 spokesperson said. "While the customer was not denied boarding, the crewmembers politely asked if she could change."
McMuffin, who was also wearing a long-sleeved white sweater and thigh-high socks, says she was never told her outfit was offensive to other families until after B6's statement was made. "Customers were never brought into it," McMuffin told People. "So it feels a bit patronizing to the customers to assume they'd be offended. There was no problem and now there is a problem."
The SEA native was travelling home from NYC on the airline, with a layover at BOS. And while her outfit didn't cause her any trouble on her 1st flight, it was flagged just 5 min. before boarding her 2nd flight.
After asking about solutions with crew members – including tying a sweater around her waist or covering up with a blanket – McMuffin agreed to purchase a new pair of shorts at a neighbouring kiosk.