Mykki Blanco, the critically acclaimed poet, performance artist, and rapper, spoke about what they categorized as “the most bizarre form of homophobia” they’ve ever encountered on a Delta flight just yesterday. After sitting down and falling asleep, Blanco says they awoke to a police investigation after their seatmate alerted authorities because they felt “uncomfortable” sitting next to them. Mykki shared the nightmare over Twitter:
I just took a flight from Toronto to Detroit Michigan and when I woke up the gentlemen sitting next to me had the policed called— mykki blanco (@MykkiBlanco) February 17, 2017
He said that he was not comfortable and did not know how @Delta allowed “someone like me” to board the plane with him and sit next to him— mykki blanco (@MykkiBlanco) February 17, 2017
This is REAL @Delta. Then I was told by a police officer that an FBI report would be made from our “interaction”, except I did not interact— mykki blanco (@MykkiBlanco) February 17, 2017
I was told I would “go to jail” if I continued to ask questions about why this police officer was giving preferential treatment to this man— mykki blanco (@MykkiBlanco) February 17, 2017
I was then told I could file a report myself and give “my side of the story”.. but the entire incident itself is fabricated— mykki blanco (@MykkiBlanco) February 17, 2017
This is the most bizarre form of homophobia I have ever encountered— mykki blanco (@MykkiBlanco) February 17, 2017
Delta has since reached out to Mykki with a somewhat tepid reply:
@MykkiBlanco Hi Mykki, I honestly can’t believe what my eyes are reading. I am so very sorry to hear that you had to experience... 1/4— Delta (@Delta) February 17, 2017
@MykkiBlanco ...something like this on a Delta flight. Discrimination of any kind isn’t tolerated. We love ALL of our passengers.... 2/4— Delta (@Delta) February 17, 2017
@MykkiBlanco ...Would you mind following me for a DM to explain in detail about what happened? I will also need your confirmation... 3/4— Delta (@Delta) February 17, 2017
No word yet on how the airline will attempt to resolve this specific conflict, though Delta has a recorded poor history of dealing with racism on their flights.
Mykki has been outspoken on a number of issues, from racism in gay media to the homophobia of the music industry to the importance of crushing the patriarchy (with love). It’s not surprising they wouldn’t stay silent here, and we expect to hear more about this situation from them in the future. Perhaps the scariest thing about this story, though, is that given President Trump’s looming executive order on the rights of sexual minorities, this sort of experience could soon become the norm for LGBTQ individuals in the USA.
Check out Mykki’s recently released track “Loner” off their self-titled album, below: