Kevin Smith: I'll 'always owe' Tiger Woods
August 25th, 2011
03:53 PM ET

Kevin Smith: I'll 'always owe' Tiger Woods

Director/actor Kevin Smith tells CNN he’s eternally grateful to golf star Tiger Woods for deflecting media attention away from him when he was “too fat to fly.”

Last year, the “Red State” director was kicked off a Southwest Air flight because he wasn’t able to comfortably fit in his seat. Smith had originally purchased two tickets for the Oakland-to-Burbank trip, but when he was bumped to an earlier flight, only one seat was available. After being seated, he was asked to leave.

In a statement, Southwest explained that Smith’s removal was for the "safety and comfort of all customers."

"It was really bad [and] disconcerting. And that fake plastic heart in their logo, I thought was just absolute bull-- and I lost all faith in humanity,” Smith, 41, says of the experience.

“I sat there for three days going, 'Life will never be the same, I'm humiliated, there's nowhere to go, nothing to do. I can't retain my cool, my credibility's shot. How am I supposed to be that Kevin Smith if I'm that dude who just got booted off the plane for being fat?'”

Luckily, the director was rescued from bad press by a certain golf superstar: “Three days later Tiger Woods came out and was like, 'I cheated on my wife,' and nobody cared I was fat anymore,” Smith recalls of the scandal. “I love Tiger Woods! I don't care about golf, but I'll always owe him."

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  1. 手機保護殼

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    May 27, 2013 at 10:44 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Arden Delawyer

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    April 14, 2013 at 12:49 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Joe WM

    It kills me that so many people that A) don't like Keven Smith and B) don't care for his movies, actually took time out of their day to read this article (that was meant as a joke by the way, because hello he's a comedian) and then make so crappy comment. For shame. Keep doin' what you do Keven I ain't mad at you.

    August 31, 2011 at 10:06 am | Report abuse |
  4. Dana Andra

    A bigger news item would be that anything about Kevin Smith was truly newsworthy.

    August 30, 2011 at 9:13 pm | Report abuse |
  5. tracie

    Kevin, bring your big fat butt over here and drop a poo in my mouth! Mmmm, so yummy.......b-u-r-r-r-r-p.

    August 30, 2011 at 8:53 pm | Report abuse |
  6. IHaveNoLegs

    I'm still waiting for another great flick.

    August 30, 2011 at 6:27 pm | Report abuse |
  7. James

    He bought TWO tickets at first BECAUSE HE KNEW HE WAS TOO FAT....he admitted this last year when all this was a blowing up. then gets mad because he is kicked off a different flight where he bought only one seat.....

    August 30, 2011 at 3:37 pm | Report abuse |
    • ashley

      He bought two seats because he is a CELEBRITY who wanted his SPACE. I'm sure there are many others that do that, fat or skinny. The airline's rule is that one had to be able to buckle their seatbelt (he was able to do it WITHOUT an extender) and be able to put both armrests down (he could). Don't post assumptions.

      August 30, 2011 at 5:35 pm | Report abuse |
  8. brad

    If airlines can kick people off for being too fat, they should ask about a persons size before selling them a ticket and then kicking them off in front of a bunch of people. That's a shameful thing to do, am I too crippled to fly? Too much greed in the arilines bussiness, next they'll charge a fee for flying us into a mountian.

    August 30, 2011 at 2:30 pm | Report abuse |
    • James

      Hey Brad, did you miss the part of the story where the first flight he was supposed to be on he had bought TWO seats....last year he admitted he did this because he was too fat for one no reason at all to be upset at the airline.

      August 30, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  9. justin bay

    How vain for him to think he receives the same media attention as Tiger Woods. Kevin, thank you for the original Clerks movie and for showing us what can be achieved on a shoestring. Aside from that, you write dialogue for yourself, not for your characters, and when they speak it, it sounds completely unnatural coming from them. If you want to accomplish something, try making us laugh without the vulgarity and potty humor. Bet you can't.

    August 30, 2011 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  10. maynerd

    Lose some weight=yes
    Funny and talented=NOOOOOOOOOOO

    August 30, 2011 at 12:28 pm | Report abuse |
  11. Al

    Maybe Kevin meant to say "I ate Tiger Woods"! Kevin, you are a funny, talented guy but you need to lose some weight.

    August 30, 2011 at 12:18 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Mike

    No peanuts and coke for you

    August 30, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
  13. Shelly D

    Has anyone else noticed that the size of the seats has changed drastically? The last time my hubby and I flew it was ridiculous! I'm not huge by anymeans and he's bean-pole and we were both really not comfortable with the space. Hey Kevin! Screw those guys...

    August 29, 2011 at 3:35 pm | Report abuse |
  14. Jason

    Great....because the blurb about his being sooooooooooo fat was a big deal to anyone but him.

    He should focus on why they now boot him off the plane due to his lack of talent.

    August 29, 2011 at 1:08 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shelly D

      Jason, I'm sure you are far more talented than Kevin. We all can't wait to see all that talent that you possess. Because I'm sure you'd never, ever say someone has no talent unless you were talented enough to judge other people.
      Oh wait, what I meant to say is, you are an idiot.

      August 29, 2011 at 3:39 pm | Report abuse |
  15. offload bill

    no comment

    August 29, 2011 at 11:23 am | Report abuse |
  16. stu

    Wow! I commented on an article which hsa been our here for 4 days. This one is way overdue for retirement.

    August 29, 2011 at 10:45 am | Report abuse |
  17. Stu

    I weigh 230 pounds and am 5'8" tall. I think this is mostly due to the fact that maintain a strick weightlifting schedule (bench pressing 450 pounds), hut I am still considered obese. However, I have never had a problem flying coach with my size. If I put on 30 or 40 pounds, I think I would have trouble allow a person to sit comfortably beside me on an airplane (in coach). I would expect to have to purchase an extra seat for everyone's comfort. Why doesn't he fly on an airline that has nice big business class seats?

    August 29, 2011 at 10:34 am | Report abuse |
  18. Cynthia

    Why not make seats that normal people can fit in? He does not look too fat to me.

    August 29, 2011 at 10:12 am | Report abuse |
  19. Mac

    Guess what? No one cares, period. You're yesterdays news, and by yesterday I mean 15 years ago.

    August 28, 2011 at 11:03 pm | Report abuse |
  20. oh please

    its a PLUG to remind you that KEVIN EXIST and has a film he is PROMOTING...RED STATE....which NO ONE WILL AIR but him....thats how crappy it is.

    August 28, 2011 at 4:55 pm | Report abuse |
  21. tom

    who cares about this fattie? and stay off planes...

    August 28, 2011 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse |
  22. ashley

    What a bunch of mindless bullies. 1: Kevin Smith is HILARIOUS. 2: The incident was a HUMAN RIGHTS issue, and that's what bothered him the most. He was humiliated and, on the second flight during this ordeal, watched a fellow passenger also get berated for her her weight. Skinny or fat, we are all HUMANS, and NO ONE deserves to feel like a lesser HUMAN BEING because of the way they look. 3: Kevin has lost about 90 lbs since this has happened. True fact. Chew on THAT and go gargle your HATE somewhere else.

    August 28, 2011 at 10:55 am | Report abuse |
  23. frank

    Kevin Smith is too fat for the fat-guy seat. it's okay, maybe he'll buy the rights to saved by the bell and write himself into an episode where everyone kisses his ass to make himself feel better like he did with Degrassi. But he'd probably feel better if he lost some weight.

    August 27, 2011 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  24. Jack

    Why is this guy even popular now? All he did was make lame, trashy movies years ago.

    August 27, 2011 at 5:30 pm | Report abuse |
  25. Stuff It

    Useless- this person and this story..... and if was so upset about being known as "fat" back then, and was relieved when Tiger Woods took the spotlight off of him, why is he bringing it all up again now? It's because he is useless and has no other way of getting attention for himself or his movies...... when you get bumped off a plane because you are making the plane unsafe, there's a real hint that something is not right in your life- focus on THAT and not your next "movie"... pathetic...

    August 27, 2011 at 5:25 pm | Report abuse |
  26. Ben Dover

    Kevin Smith is a fat, talentless hack.

    August 27, 2011 at 4:50 pm | Report abuse |
  27. MizzBee1

    Why do people post things they'd never say in person? I'd bet most, if not all, of you negative posters would fall all over Kevin Smith if you met him because he's famous. I'd also be willing to bet that most of you wouldn't have the guts to verbalize these anonymous slams to his face.
    Your opinions are merely opinions, not fact; therefore, just because YOU think his movies suck doesn't mean they actually suck. I happen to like Kevin Smith's movies. And I choose to render my opinion in a respectful manner.

    August 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm | Report abuse |
    • maynerd

      youre an idiot

      August 27, 2011 at 6:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Karma

      If you really believe that, then you are not very bright. If I saw Kevin Smith in person I would knock the cheeseburger out of his hand and tell him I thought he was a dickwad. Then I would give him directions to the closest film school and tell him not to come back until......wait, what was I saying? I would just tell him not to come back.

      August 29, 2011 at 9:51 am | Report abuse |
  28. the_dude

    Fat or not fat your only good movie was the original clerks. Everything else sucked....

    August 26, 2011 at 10:11 pm | Report abuse |
  29. matnerd

    One of THE WORST movie makers in the histroy of cinema

    August 26, 2011 at 5:59 pm | Report abuse |
  30. My Thought

    I thought this fat no talent creep was retiring. Why doesn't he pull a Silent Bob and just shut up.

    August 26, 2011 at 2:55 pm | Report abuse |
  31. Quiche Lorraine

    He says that he lost all credibility, blah, blah. If he would have kept his mouth shut and not tweeted it to the whole world, no one would have known or cared. But, he made a big deal out of it so it's STILL in the news (with these latest comments). I used to love Kevin Smith...not so much anymore. He's a whining 5 year old.

    August 26, 2011 at 2:22 pm | Report abuse |
  32. Likes to Tweet

    Clearly this blog poster needed a blog entry and because they didn't feel it was a necessity to find an actual recent event, chose to rehash an old quote and make it "current events." How long ago did they obtain that quote? The posting does not clearly state when the interview this quote was taken from took place. Kevin Smith has joked about this for months. This is old news, the incident happened in February, and the media should do their job and discover current news to report. Way to go, CNN, doing its part to display shoddy reporting. (If you can't tell, the CNN statement is me being sarcastic.)

    August 26, 2011 at 10:39 am | Report abuse |
  33. eatmore

    and for those of you who like to blame your health problems for making you fat, its not that all. its you fat causing your health problems so blame what you want for your land beast status. its not your health or society or a glandular issue. its your inability to get off your A**es cause you're too lazy and the only excesise you like to do is the burger lift. sad place this is when the folks who are obviously ruining the health of the country, destroying national secuirty and taking up the majority of the resources this planet has to offer feel like their vicitimized. two words for ya, gluttony, selfish...

    August 26, 2011 at 10:27 am | Report abuse |
    • Two Wheel Drive

      Those were exactly the words I used to describe the motorized wheelchair I got for Christmas. Gluttonous and selfish.

      September 1, 2011 at 1:14 pm | Report abuse |
  34. eatmore

    its amazing to me how this is still being covered. one day the Fat will realize what they're doing this country. they obviously don't care about their own health. its ok, they'll take care of themselves. they're health will eventually get the best of them. i just hope it happens sooner than later.

    August 26, 2011 at 10:22 am | Report abuse |
    • jack237

      I wonder if those with terrible grammar know what THEY'RE doing to this country...

      August 29, 2011 at 12:09 pm | Report abuse |
  35. RenegadeFL

    Kevin you are a great director, but nobody ever cared that you were fat. Maybe your cardiologist. Dial back the ego.

    August 26, 2011 at 9:12 am | Report abuse |
  36. Linly Btk.

    I think he's disgusting.

    August 26, 2011 at 8:22 am | Report abuse |
  37. Over There

    Am I the only one who understands that the entire thing is a joke? He's been losing weight since that incident, as that apparently is what it took to get his ass off the couch, good for him. He was interviewed by CNN for whatever reason and thought to make a joke, it's not like he's actually "thanking" Tiger Woods. People need to lighten up, like him or not, it's just comedy.

    August 26, 2011 at 3:39 am | Report abuse |
    • Adam

      I'm right there with you. This is obviously a joke and the fact that yup are attacking him because of his weight is pathetic and petty and is something that you do in elementary school. He was telling a joke and A taking it seriously and B attacking him for it is just sad and pathetic, and I pity all of your narrow-minded reactions.

      August 30, 2011 at 12:56 pm | Report abuse |
  38. slewatha

    Much less concerned about his weight then the sorry state of his films for the last decade. Clerks was awesome, and then a slow slide of pandering to his fans.

    August 26, 2011 at 12:37 am | Report abuse |
    • EricLr

      In general, I agree. But I have to say that Clerks 2 is the exception to that. It's probably the only really good movie he's made since Dogma.

      September 2, 2011 at 12:10 pm | Report abuse |
  39. The Tenn Man

    I like Kevin Smith's movies. Even "Jersey Girl" was ok eventhough Ben Affleck was in it. But anyway, Kevin Smith isn't the only fat person to fly in an airplane. I think there may have been another reason why he was kicked off the plane. Maybe he said something or got a bit unruly with someone on board? Oakland-to-Burbank is only an hour flight. If he did get kicked off because of his weight, maybe that would inspire him to go on a weight loss plan or something. This article was pointless.

    August 25, 2011 at 11:53 pm | Report abuse |
    • maynerd

      You like Kevin Smithe movies?
      Thats sad!

      August 26, 2011 at 6:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Banky Edwards

      Maynurd.. Who is Kevin Smithe ?? We are talking about comic genius Kevin Smith. (my own opinion, you can agree or disagree.. First amendment and all that). But if you are going to dis a person at least get his or her name right.. 🙂

      August 29, 2011 at 9:55 pm | Report abuse |
  40. Who gives a d*mn

    Fat a** Kevin STFU why did you have to drag Tiger Woods into this?At first I thought you were going to thank him for getting your lazy butt off the couch and putting down the bag of Doritos.I don't give a d*mn if your feelings were hurt because you're obese,do something about it or continue to purchase two seats ,better yet cheap a** charter your own freakin' jet.

    August 25, 2011 at 9:11 pm | Report abuse |
  41. Ryan

    Wow, that is one seriously photoshopped image.

    August 25, 2011 at 8:58 pm | Report abuse |
    • Jan

      Yeah, because in it he has no lines on his forehead and he looks so skinny... wait... yes he does to the former and no he doesn't to the latter. Ryan, you are one delusional fan.

      August 25, 2011 at 9:02 pm | Report abuse |
  42. Marny

    Kevin everyone at my house is fit,for a small fee you can stay with us.In ninety days my family will have you in shape,then you can take us all to Disney Land and you wiil be able to fit in all of the seats. I mean it works and in the long run it's cheaper than gastric bypass

    August 25, 2011 at 7:42 pm | Report abuse |
  43. Fred Flintstone

    Sorry Kevin, but do you really think your fat flight story would live longer than three days? You may be fat, but your definitely not all that. That important.

    August 25, 2011 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse |
    • John W.

      At least he's important enough to YOU and probably would appreciate you (obviously a fan) taking the time to click on the article about him, log on, and post a comment. And, he doesn't need to hijack a cartoon character's name for a username. Envy on the internet is never pretty,

      August 25, 2011 at 9:00 pm | Report abuse |
  44. alecia

    I dont know what the problem is. I am rather large and losing weight but when I fly I always buy 2 seats because I want to be comfortable. I did it to myself so now Im undoing it but in the meantime if you buy 2 seats and the flight isnt full 9 times out of 10 they will refund the extra ticket.

    August 25, 2011 at 7:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Playjojo

      Did you read the article? I hate when people just come down to reply. He purchased 2 tickets originally, but was bumped from the flight. The next flight only had one seat. What kills me is this has happened before. Why let them on in the first place? If they're that fat, You can't make a judgement? They should have a seat somewhere for them to try before boarding if they're going to have this rule. Save people the embarrassment.

      August 27, 2011 at 12:42 pm | Report abuse |
  45. Evel Knievel

    SW was only keeping the plane from being weighted down and crashing.

    August 25, 2011 at 7:03 pm | Report abuse |
  46. R Will

    I don't remember caring that he was fat even for three days. I thought everyone already knew he was too fat to fit on a plane?

    August 25, 2011 at 5:31 pm | Report abuse |
    • LP

      Really. None of his fans care if he's fat- that's actually a big part of Silent Bob's character. We find him more endearing that way.

      August 26, 2011 at 11:13 pm | Report abuse |
    • Crocky

      Exactly...Jay didn't call Silent Bob "Lunchbox" for nothing....

      August 29, 2011 at 3:58 pm | Report abuse |
  47. Anomic Office Drone

    He should eat cake to celebrate!

    August 25, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  48. Evil Kneevil

    A fat guy mad because people know he's fat.

    August 25, 2011 at 5:11 pm | Report abuse |
  49. Fat Then Fit Now

    August 25, 2011 at 5:01 pm | Report abuse |
  50. tracie

    JR, honey, I made some brownies for you!

    August 25, 2011 at 4:57 pm | Report abuse |
  51. JR

    Tracie....your a freak!! You and all your pop buddy's are really sick. I feel really sad for all of you...GET HELP!!

    August 25, 2011 at 4:02 pm | Report abuse |
    • Shane

      Instead of being happy that Tiger Woods got grilled in the press, why doesn't this fat @ss just lose some weight?!!!

      August 29, 2011 at 12:32 am | Report abuse |
    • seraphim0

      Shane... you do realize, of course, that Smith is known for comedic pieces, right? Clerks, Mallrats, Clerks 2, Chasing Amy, etc, etc?

      Take it with a grain of salt and a chuckle. Your life must be pretty harsh if you take EVERYTHING so seriously. Poor guy.

      August 29, 2011 at 11:26 am | Report abuse |
    • Sara

      Dude, Seriously Shane? The poor guy has been struggling for years with his weight, lighten up... You gonna pick on cancer patients next because they can't grow hair? It's called a joke man, get off your high horse

      August 30, 2011 at 4:14 pm | Report abuse |

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