What started out as a complaint on Twitter about a flight delay turned into a massive shade-fest when Nathan Lorick, the director of evangelism for Southern Baptists of Texas Convention, questioned American Airlines’ use of the rainbow flag in its avatar.
Lorick initially tweeted about flight delays on American, which prompted the air carrier to reply back with an apology along with an assurance that he would be en route to his destination shortly. He followed up with an inquiry about “the rainbow colored image” on American’s profile photo. When the airline clarified that its Twitter avatar was in support of Pride month and the LGBT community, Lorick expressed his disappointment in “a poor choice from a company that certainly has many customers who do not agree with that lifestyle.” Although the tweets are no longer publicly viewable, Samantha Allen captured screenshots of the exchange.
American Airline’s response was simple and to the point.
@NathanLorick We’re sorry for your disappointment.
— American Airlines (@AmericanAir) June 15, 2015
There was no further reply from Lorick’s twitter account, but that doesn’t mean other users were at a loss for words. As is usually the case with these types of ignorant displays that take place on social media, people were more than happy to chime in with their own opinions regarding Mr. Lorick’s disappointment, which resulted in some very entertaining tweets.
— Mark Zustovich (@markzustovich) June 15, 2015
You’re mad at American Airlines for supporting LGBT, yet you have a Coke bottle as your pic? They support LGBT too. Dumby. ???? @NathanLorick
— Cody Draiken (@codydraiken) June 15, 2015
— GodsMigraine (@GodsMigraine) June 15, 2015
— gem-in-eye (@Raggedyfag) June 15, 2015
— Reverend Crankypants (@SKjelstrom) June 15, 2015
— Barner Go-Jo (@barnerjones) June 15, 2015
But perhaps the best response came from Kerry Quakenbush.
— Kerry Quakenbush (@kerryquake) June 15, 2015
Lorick has since made his Twitter account private.
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