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'L-Word' Star to Southwest

Our Lesbian Kiss Was NOT Excessive!

9/27/2011 10:00 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

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"L-Word" actress Leisha Hailey is firing back at Southwest Airlines -- claiming she and another woman only shared "one modest kiss" on an SWA plane ... before they were wrongly kicked off.

SWA had released a statement yesterday, claiming the flight attendant only booted the girls after passengers complained about "excessive" PDA. But Hailey claims it's all BS.

Hailey and the other female kisser -- who also play in a band together -- released a joint statement saying, "In no way were our actions on Southwest Airlines excessive, inappropriate or vulgar."

They add, "We want to make it clear we were not making out or creating any kind of spectacle of ourselves, it was one, modest kiss."

However, the two admit, "We take full responsibility for getting verbally upset with the flight attendant after being told it was a 'family airline.'”

The statement continues ... "We find it very disturbing that the same airline who lauds itself as being LGBT friendly has twisted an upsetting incident that happened into our behavior being 'too excessive.'"

Both women insist they will be filing a formal complaint with the airline.

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1.

Joe    

screw them. all gays and lesbians who act on their homosexuality are going to hell. period. end of sentence. repent now before it is too late.

1100 days ago
2.

Machelle    

Southwest Airlines is the
absolute worst airline out
there. The staff sucks and I would never use
them even if the ticket were
free.
For crying out loud, you two
just perpetuate the opinion that
when you homosexuals come out of
the closet, you come out too far.
Dang, nobody wants to see you make
out on a plane! Get over yourself!

1100 days ago
3.

Sono    

"L-Word" actress Leisha Hailey is firing back at Southwest Airlines -- claiming she and another woman only shared "one modest kiss" on an SWA plane ... before they were wrongly kicked off."

Maybe they only shared one kiss, but i'd bet even money that she copped an attitude with the stewardess afterwords and THAT'S what got her kicked off the plane.

Somehow, 9/11 gave stewardesses the right to do whatever they want in the plane and any kind of backtalk, whatsoever, results in you're being treated like a terrorist.

I call BS on both sides in this case...

1100 days ago
4.

john wayne gacy    


if you don't have it between the hips,
you wear it on upon your lips;

1100 days ago
5.

josh    

i don't believe them

1100 days ago
6.

Birdsht    

Go away please. You wanted the public attention and you got it, by getting kicked off the plane. Take your ugly mug and paw up your "girl"friend at home. Noone cares about you, nobody wants to see your kisses. Its disgusting no matter whos engaging. Your look at me BS blew up in your ugly face. Deal with it

1100 days ago
7.

Rogue Warrior    

What up all you emotionally illiterate, Nancy Disgrace following, irrational, rode wet, mental midgets?

These two look like carpet munchers is all I gotti say....

1100 days ago
8.

Hep    

The only time I'd even think of kissing my husband while on an airplane is if the plane was about to crash.

1100 days ago
9.

Birdsht    

Upon closer inspection these she males are about 18 months away from looking like Janet Reno. Wrinkles everywhere, offensive mug. Twisted lips. I think they proclaim gay when its obvious they cant control a man with those hard looks.

1100 days ago
10.

Observer999    

Come on, TMZ, do some reporting. Clearly, we need a witness to what was going on who doesn't work for the airline and who isn't on the L Word...

1100 days ago
11.

Mike L    

ANYTHING is too much!! I'm sure there were kids on the flight, and any girl on girl is too much to do in front of them. We don't want to teach our children about homosexuality. Its not natural, they don't need to know about it. And don't you freaks dare say its natural. People of the same sex cannot reproduce, its not normal, not the way its supposed to be. Somewhere your wires got crossed, whether in the womb or at some point during your life, and screwed you up.

1100 days ago
12.

Tammy    

I don't think it matters if they were excessive or not. I think it matters that there were complaints and leaving the plane was not an option for those who did not want to be subjected to their behavior. I have flown with lovers and I don't kiss them because an airline, where children are present, is not an appropriate place for that. I will hold their hands or rest my head on their shoulder. Maybe the airlines should consider instituting a no PDA policy?

1100 days ago
13.

Ace    

Was not excessive is the problem. If it had been excessive the passengers would have fought for you to stay on the plane!

1100 days ago
14.

flipflops    

Let's be clear: It is not Southwest Airlines who is saying the kiss was excessive: they are saying one or more passengers complained that it was excessive. The flight attendant, who probably did not see the kiss, then attempted to address the concern with Leisha Haley and her partner, who have essentially admitted that they went ballistic. It is at that point that Southwest decided that any further conversation should be handled "on the ground" and not in the cabin of the airplane -- as it should be.

Whether the kiss was excessive or not, or whether it was some uber-conservative mother of two who complained because she didn't want her children exposed to that, it doesn't really matter. When the flight attendant tried to address the issue, a simple "thank you" followed by a measure of discretion would have ended the matter rather than taking such violent offense that you lose your cool (and your seat on the airplane.

Come on, I know we don't all see eye-to-eye, but people need to respect the fact that when they're out in public -- and especially when you're trapped in the confined space of SWA jet -- some reasonable accommodation or consideration for those around you, while not necessary, might not hurt. Whether you're lesbian, gay, heterosexual, elderly, or just a horny teenager, I really don't want to be trapped in a seat next to you watching you throw your tongue down your partner's throat. I also don't want you to fart, burp, snore, or have a twenty minute tickle fight with your two year old.

It ain't about your freakin' rights; its amount taking a moment to chill and not let someone else's issue become yours. There's a time and a place to fight for your rights, and those few moments aboard the SWA cattle car just isn't it.

1100 days ago
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Johnny Handsome    

Drama queers

1100 days ago
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