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Airline Blames Madden Discrimination On Employee

| Filed under: Joel MaddenLegal Matters


As we mentioned yesterday, Good Charlotte rocker Joel Madden was almost denied entry onto a flight on uptight British Airways after an employee told him to cover up his tattoos (of the religious, familial, non-sexual type).

Can we say discrimination?

None of his tattoos are really "offensive." Especially according to babymomma Nicole Richie, who says his "tattos are spiritual. Since when is expressing your love for God & family against what British Airways stands for?"

Well, Joel ended up covering his tattoos and got on the flight since he didn't want to get stuck behind, but not without speaking out about the incident online.

And, now, British Airways is trying to defend themselves, blaming it all on that douche of an employee.

According to the airline, they claim, “We don't understand why the employee took it upon himself to enforce regulations that don’t exist.”

With a rep adding that "British Airways has no policy against tattoos at all. The only dress policy is that people dress appropriately. There's absolutely no prohibition of tattoos."

Time to seriously reprimand the employee or fire their stupid ass. You just can't make up rules as you wish!

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35 comments to “Airline Blames Madden Discrimination On Employee”

  1. 1

    so basically that douche of an employee is jealous of good charlotte? hmm….i hope he gets fired. what an a-hole.

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  4. 4

    MARIO…FFS……..this was yesterdays old news!!!!!!!!!!!

  5. 5

    lol I think Joel Madden is honestly the most UNoffensive person in lala land isnt he?

  6. 6

    Not too long ago you had to ACTUALLY dress to get on a flight. Men would have to wear jackets to sit up front. Now you can get on in sweats and crocs. I don't think they were worried about the tats, it was the wife beater he had on that showed them off to the world. Don't dress like an idiot, and you wont get treated like one.

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  8. 8

    some employee god they dont make the rules was he evan british!??

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  10. 10

    Oh waaa!!! Who the fuck care. He's ugly and tattoo's are for fucking dipshits who like to waste money!!

  11. 11

    Re: Frag The Paps – Good point.

  12. 12

    Who the fuck cares!!

  13. 13

    'Nicole Richie, who says his "tattos are spiritual. Since when is expressing your love for God & family against what British Airways stands for?'

    British Airways sacked an employee a couple of years ago because she refused to remove a cross on a chain that she was wearing. It was big news in the UK at the time. I guess they haven't learnt their lesson.

  14. 14

    If we can only digitally edit the employee's head on both domino employee's video, Joel being the pepperoni…..then we can call it a day.

  15. 15

    omg, the man gets emo about putting on a shirt. grow up.

  16. 16

    Shut the hell up Mario! Restrict your comments to the dumbass celebrities and not the poor bastards who have to pour champagne down their throat in first class. Quit ya damn ass sucking!

  17. 17

    t likely happened because the employee was British and Joel is an American.

    British people can be the BIGGEST pigs on earth, and it's a fact that most harbour a strong resentment toward Americans for no real apparent reason.

    I know 2 British Airways stewards, and they are both snobby xenophobes.

  18. 18

    Its joel maddens fault for actually thinking that such a stupid rule even exists. I would've asked to speak to a manager or some authoritarian figure. As for comment #1 who the fuck would be jealous of Good Charlotte

  19. 19

    Yikes, I would be scared if he was sitting next to me on a plane. He looks like some con man or some drug dealer.

  20. 20

    hes a nobody who gives a shit.

  21. 21

    Re: Melissa is always RIGHT – Hey hottie…good to see your old picture pop up…………..

  22. 22

    hes totally hot :) ii like him a lot :)

  23. 23

    Ummm, I cant believe nobody notices that he dresses to the right! Nice package bro!!! I'd hit it!

  24. 24

    This most probably happened because in the UK, religion in general is seen as being offensive. Which it is. He shouldn't have been told to cover them up though, Britain is usually tolerant of most stuff.
    But his tattoos do look disgusting.

  25. 25

    Re: Long Dong Connery – THANKS!!! *WINK

  26. 26

    He looks like riff raff. No wonder he was treated that way. He should've been thrown off the flight.

  27. 27

    so many people i work with make up rules. Like my boss just this last week made up break rules….which are illegal, and this bitch of a co-worker makes up rules for her and then rules for everyone else….people are so dumb.

  28. 28

    they need to fire that ass hole if they are telling the truth

  29. 29

    at least he didn't make a big stink out of it, just covered them up, got on the plane, and wrote a letter later. good choice. very un-diva.

  30. 30

    maybe she was just saving him the embarrassment of walking around with such shitty ink.

  31. 31

    he thinks he looks all badass with those tattoo's he just doesnt realize how big of a fag he looks

  32. 32

    I wish they had a policy on arm pit hair! That guy is soooo classy! I would LOVE To spend a bunch of money on an airline tkt and get to sit next to that stinky lookin', overly inked, armpit hair showin, wanna be bad assed, tool!

  33. 33

    Just another self-righteous hoity toity limey pushing his opinions on an American! I am tired of the prejudice against tats and people with them. I am the proud bearer of 2 tats and hopefully a third this summer when I get some money! Tats are not just for rock stars, sailors and bikers anymore! I see mothers with tattoos pushing baby strollers!! Hello, they're mainstream!

  34. @v@ says – reply to this


    This is what happens when you get tattoos. They scare and offend some people. It doesn't make it right, but there it is. Think twice before you ink permanently.

  35. 35

    ahahhahahahaha douche employee