Kevin Smith: 'They Were The Three Worst Days Of My Life'
Heavyweight filmmaker Kevin Smith was plunged into a deep depression after he was thrown off a plane because he was too fat.
The Clerks director was left fuming after he was ordered to evacuate a Southwest Airlines flight in February 2010 after staff deemed him too portly to fly.
He went on a Twitter.com rampage against Southwest executives, who promptly apologized for the incident, but Smith admits he endured "the three worst days" of his life when the story headlines around the globe.
In his new book, Tough Sh*t: Life Advice From A Fat, Lazy Slob Who Did Good, he writes, "Almost every news outlet spent the next three days stripping away my humanity, as people discussed me more like a concept than an individual... In that moment, I kind of died."
"Those three days were the worst of my life. I know all things are relative - three of the worst days of your life could be when you're imprisoned in a basement wondering if you're ever going to escape. But in the safe world of Kevin Smith, they were the three worst days of my life.
"I'd wake up, remember what had happened and feel depressed. My wife was looking at the stories online, and every morning I'd ask, 'Where is it?' and she'd reply, 'Top of the Google page.' I'd go, 'Entertainment?' And she'd go, 'No, news page...' There were 5,000 articles on Google, all calling me fat."
"I asked my publicist what I should do and he said, 'I don't know, dude, I've never seen anything like this.'"