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'Barbershop' Actor

I Was Kicked Off Plane

Because I'm Black

9/1/2011 11:25 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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United Airlines is investigating a complaint made by an actor who appeared on the TV show "Barbershop" after he claimed he was kicked off of a flight simply because he was black.

Michael Colyar claims he was booted from his flight at Dulles International Airport in Virginia after he refused to allow a flight attendant to move his luggage from the overhead storage bin ... so a white passenger could stow her bag there instead.

Colyar claims the flight attendant gave him dirty looks when he denied her request -- so he inquired about filing a complaint. That's when Colyar says he was approached by security, who removed the actor from the flight.

Colyar blogged about the incident ... saying, "The flight attendant and her friend got just what they wanted, the n**ger off the plane. I'm sure they feel a great triumph in putting an uppity n**ger in his place."

He adds, "At the least I should be suing United Airlines for theft of services, public humiliation and defamation of character."

United Airlines tells TMZ ... "As a global airline with a diverse workforce, United has zero tolerance for any type of discrimination and we take every such matter seriously. We spoke to Mr. Colyar  Wednesday so that we can address his concerns, and committed to get back to him as we learn more from our coworkers and other customers onboard.”

Sources connected to the incident tell us multiple passengers have been interviewed about the situation -- and several people said Colyar was loud with the flight attendant and had become an unruly passenger.

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91.

Dani    

You should see his Twitter page, it's blown up with all racist stuff. Guy needs to get a life!! Check out where he was traveling to/from....a NAACP meeting...hmmm, someone a bit fired up after a meeting??!!!????!!!

1117 days ago
92.

CANDACE    

HE WASN'T IN BARBERSHOP I GUESS THEY ALL LOOK ALIKE HUH

1117 days ago
93.

joe    

This is from the same guy who use to tell racist jokes by the beach in Venice (California) in hope (expectation) you would give him $1. If he was right or not remains to be seen (as far as his luggage, not racism) , but anyone who knows him knows he can be loud and in your face. If he talked to her like he did anyone who walked away from him without giving a dollar I can see why they called security.

1117 days ago
94.

imagine    

You've given yourself away, Mr. Colyar, with your nasty attitude. That huge chip on your shoulder is a dead giveaway.

1117 days ago
95.

Mike H    

This guy is BOGUS !!! The flight attendants ask people to move bags all the time so "OTHER" people...both black, white, or whatever can get their bags in place as well. Simply put...they know how to get the most stuff into those overheads..and if we lowly passengers have some small bag up there that could go under our seat then we get asked to either put it there or give them the ok to move it. The only racist thing about this case is the IDIOT FILING THE COMPLAINT !!!! This one will not even see the light of day with any kind of settlement.. Airlines stick to your guns...some things you know better than us mere mortals.

1117 days ago
96.

Googie    

That old excuse is getting old. If you have your luggage in the wrong place, move it! Color has nothing to do with giving you the right to do whatever you want & then using the color card to bully your way.

1117 days ago
97.

sara    

White people are so funny. You can't wait for a story like this so you can feel justifed to say racist things you would never say outloud. All of you are closet racists and would never approach a black person and say it to there face. This is too funny to me get a life.

1117 days ago
98.

Julia    

The time for crying 'racist' is fast coming to an end because of people like him. The term has been used and abused so often, that it has become useless. It's to bad, because there is still a certain amount of racism, not like it used to be, but there all the same. This guy should be ashamed. He is a liability to his race.

1117 days ago
99.

the artist formerly known as hand turkey    

Well, the solution is simple, black people and white people should just stop talking to each other...oh, wait....

1117 days ago
100.

Quinn    

Ok, you don't fly Southwest & you don't fly Virgin, how do you feel about today's tmz story with Michael Colyar & United?

1117 days ago
101.

herpaderp1112    

Nothing about this surprises me, sadly.

1117 days ago
102.

Pimpcessa    

It's unfortunate that, even though racism still does exist for some idiots out there (black and white), jack offs like this totally have a way of invalidating the true victims of real racism. So all the while this guy, and others like him, are crying wolf, some other real victim, has to suffer the stink eye and snicker when reporting real racism. Way to go azzzzhole, you just did wonders for humanity!!

1117 days ago
103.

Toasty J    

You got kicked off a plane because you are an *******.

1117 days ago
104.

Lee    

Azzholes always think they can play the "race" card. Get a grip azzhole, you were thrown off the plane because you were a jerk!

1117 days ago
105.

Cooley    

Why should he have to remove his luggage? I don't get it.

1117 days ago
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