Leggings: the great feminist issue of our time.
Social media blew up on Sunday night after anti-gun rights advocate and Moms Demand Action founder Shannon Watts claimed three girls in total, including a 10-year-old, were barred from flying on United Airlines for wearing leggings:
"I guess [United's] not letting women wear athletic wear?" she added.
Without knowing the details of the situation at all, Watts continued to ride her wave of attention, tweeting at relentless speed about the apparent "sexist" injustice.
"This behavior is sexist and sexualizes young girls. Not to mention that the families were mortified and inconveninced [sic]," wrote Watts.
"As the mother of 4 daughters who live and travel in yoga pants, I'd like to know how many boys [United] has penalized for the same reason," she hysterically continued.
Hollywood stars got in on the virtue signaling as well, feigning more moral outrage over this leggings debacle than they had last week over an apparent jihadist murdering innocents with a truck in London. (Raise your hand if you're surprised.)
"Leggings are business attire for 10 year olds. Their business is being children," wrote insufferable social justice actress Patricia Arquette.
A defiant Chrissy Teigen wrote, "I have flown United before with literally no pants on. Just a top as a dress. Next time I will wear only jeans and a scarf."
Yeah, they're all idiots.
This was not some "gendered" attack; it was a business enforcing their longstanding dress code protocol for their "pass travelers," those flying for free as a company perk and representing United.
Also, it's important to note that the apparently calm dust up was only with two teenage girls, although Watts had initially claimed it was three girls, including a 10-year-old. She even retweeted a Teen Vogue article she was quoted in which claimed "three girls," including the 10-year-old, were banned from flying.
According to United spokesman Jonathan Guerin, as reported by CNN Money, here's what really happened:
The two teenagers, whose ages were not identified by the airline, were notified by a female gate agent that their leggings violated the travel pass dress code. There was 'no uproar, no tears' and the teenagers left the gate area without incident, according to Guerin.
A second group in line behind the teenagers, including a younger girl also wearing leggings, is believed by United to have seen the exchange between the gate agent and the teenagers who were denied boarding, according to Guerin. A woman in the party took a dress out of the party's carry-on luggage to cover the younger girl.
Guerin said there was no exchange between the family with the younger girl and the gate attendant nor was there any mention of the dress code to the family, which was believed to be flying on a regular ticket. They departed on the flight to Denver.
The spokesman noted that there was "no discussion" concerning the incident between the gate agent and Watts.
"The longstanding policy requires those who enjoy the perks of airline employment, which include free travel passes for family and guests, to present themselves in a way that represents the airline well," notes CNN.
As summed up by The Blaze's Matt Walsh:
Wouldn't it be amazing if feminists and Hollywood in general could generate the same moral outrage over actual female oppression (female genital mutilation, forced marriages, hijab mandates, honor killings, etc.) and terrorism as they do over an enforced dress code directed at those flying for free as a company perk?