Comedian Gary Owen defended his wife, Kenya Duke, this weekend after he believed she was racially discriminated against before boarding a Delta Airlines flight.
The Think Like a Man actor called out the airline on Instagram after Duke was questioned for standing in the first-class line to board.
“So, this morning, my wife and daughter were flying from Cincinnati, Ohio to San Francisco, California on Delta. 7:20AM, Gate B21. So, they tell everybody to line up for first [class],” Owens explained. “my wife gets in line, and the guy working the gate at B21, Cincinnati Airport asks my wife, ‘Oh, are you in first?’ And my wife said, ‘Yeah, I am.’ And then my wife said, ‘Are you not gonna ask the guy behind me?’ And he goes, ‘No.’ My wife said, ‘Why?’ He said, ‘Cause I don’t feel like it.’”
Owen went on to state the difference between his wife and passengers who were not questioned.
“Now my wife’s a Black lady. The guy behind her’s a white dude, and the ticket agent was a white dude. But he asked the Black lady, ‘Are you in first?’ But not the white dude. So, Delta – I have almost 3 million miles with you. When you see this lady, that’s my wife. She flies first. Don’t ask.”
He also addressed the incident in his caption, writing, “I have well over 2 million miles on Delta. I know you have a lot of amazing employees that treat ppl with respect & dignity. But what happened this morning was not ok.”
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