There are many elements to this story, but my key takeaways are that a Delta flight attendant should be praised for demonstrating remarkable restraint and that gospel singer Bobbi Storm does not praise her Lord by acting like a tactless narcissist.
Gospel Singer Bobbi Storm Should Repent Of Narcissism For Serenading Delta Flight
A gospel singer named Bobbi Storm, who has recently been nominated for two Grammy awards for her work, decided that the people on her Delta Air Lines flights would enjoy a live performance from her. So she stood up to began singing before her flight had even departed, also boasting to everyone within earshot that she had been nominated for two Grammys.
A flight attendant, the purser or lead flight attendant on the flight, approached her and told to sit down. She began to argue, saying that the people around her wanted to hear her sing. She also claimed that she could sing…because the seat belt light was off.
After sitting down, she began to sing again. The flight attendant returned and told her to quiet down, to which she again insisted that her seatmates were enjoying her singing. He said, “Well I’m not enjoying it, so I’m asking you, can you be quiet?” She responded, “I’m doing what the Lord is telling me to do!”
The flight attendant against calmly instructed her to stop talking. She then polled her seatmates, asking whether she should comply, but finally stopped when the flight attendant warned her that if she did not she would be booted from the flight.
I’ve never heard of this singer, but I actually listen to a lot of gospel music…on my AirPods. God forbid that I decide to play the music out loud or even worse, start singing.
From presidents to singers, I view narcism as a central character flaw from which so many other character flaws flow. Such a high self-regard goes against the fundamental teachings of the faith that Storm espouses.
By the way, the whole interaction was being recorded…kudos to this narcissist for knowing exactly was she was doing. And while I am giving her the attention that she craves, I still think it is important to 1.) point out her unsavory behavior and 2.) recognize the flight attendant for doing a remarkable job of de-escalating the situation.
There’s this passage in the Bible where Jesus tells His disciplines not to make assumptions:
“When you are invited by someone to a wedding feast, do not sit down in a place of honor, lest someone more distinguished than you be invited by him, and he who invited you both will come and say to you, ‘Give your place to this person,’ and then you will begin with shame to take the lowest place. But when you are invited, go and sit in the lowest place, so that when your host comes he may say to you, ‘Friend, move up higher.’ Then you will be honored in the presence of all who sit at table with you. For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled, and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
And I feel that makes all the difference here. Let’s say Taylor Swift’s private jet broke down and she was onboard this flight. Certainly we could envision that she might be asked to perform, even if some passengers did not like it. But I would hope even Swift would never assume that she could sing and just start singing. Maybe if the flight attendant had recognized Storm and been a fan, he would have asked her to sing; she does have good voice. But then again, this is not Southwest Airlines and I would imagine most people would not want to be disturbed…even by Swift. The key is not to make assumptions.
Apology From Delta?
In a follow-up post, Storm alleges that “Delta executives” reached out and apologized to her. She insisted “there was no rules being broken, and it was just me spreading my joy with people” and called for mercy on the flight attendant (lol), saying that she “doesn’t want this man to be reprimanded where he loses his job,” but “I simply want us to keep in mind how we treat each other.”
Keep in mind how we treat others? What narcissism. What hypocrisy.
I truly hope she is making this up, because Delta owes her no apology. In fact, Delta should politely remind her that if she tries that stunt again she will be banned from future Delta flights. Instead, Delta should be praising the flight attendant for showing remarkable restraint and patience toward a very pesky passenger.
Grammy-nominated gospel singer Bobbi Storm was told to sit down and stop singing on a Delta flight. Although she claims that Delta has apologized to her for the flight attendant’s behavior, it is the flight attendant who should be praised and Storm who should be apologizing…and perhaps sending more time studying the gospel she gives lip service to.