What’s the fine line between chivalry and toxic masculinity? I ask that question in the context of a Southwest Airlines flight in which a man attacked another man for bumping his wife. The victim says he inadvertently bumped the woman while the husband says the man is no victim at all after he “aggressively” approached his family.
Husband Strikes Man On His Southwest Airlines Flight Who Bumped His Wife During Boarding
Confession: the other day I took my bag out of the overhead bin and smacked a woman standing behind me. I was horrified. It truly was an accident. Thankfully, she was not hurt and was quite nice about the whole thing. Note to self: always gingerly open overhead bins and gently pull down bags, even if they are small.
It makes me very glad that this did not happen onboard a Southwest Airlines flight from Dallas (DAL) to Phoenix (PHX) that featured lover boy, who felt the need to defend the honor of his wife after a dude bumped into her.
Two videos give us more clues about what happened. First, the fight. Second, his explanation for why he attacked the man.
Thank you for flying with southwest today. I was late getting home because of this right here 🤣 pic.twitter.com/6e9qEthBwh
— Desert Honey’s Sweet Tees (@dhsweettees) March 7, 2023
The husband blames the man for approaching him aggressively and vows that he will go to jail (and even die) to protect his family.
“He approached me aggressively with my family. I will sit down in jail for you approaching my family. I will die for my family.
“That’s why I beat your ass!”
The passenger who recorded the video explained that the tattooed man “bumped into his wife by accident, and he started mouthing off.” He had already been punched 4-5 times before she began recording.
If it was just a bump, the man totally overreacted. If it was a deliberate bump, the man totally overreacted. You don’t respond to violence with more violence. Far from being the chivalrous husband, there is no indication his wife was in any danger and therefore his “tough” stance against the passenger is simply indefensible.
An angry husband attacked a man on a Southwest Airlines flight for bumping his wife. We cannot conclude based on the evidence before us (beyond the passenger witness) that the man accidentally bumped the woman…or did it deliberately. but it really does not matter. Freedom comes through self-control.
image: @dhsweettees / Twitter