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Man Who Made Racially Charged Comments At Black Ryanair Passenger Has An Insane Excuse ?

Screenshot: CBS News

“When someone shows you who they are, believe them the first time.”

The brilliant Maya Angelou said that.

And Ryanair—an Irish low-cost airline—would do well to listen. That is, if one of their passengers ever allowed the late Maya Angelou onto one of their flights.

David Mesher went viral this month when a mobile video of him refusing to sit next to a black passenger on a Ryanair flight went viral.

Not only did Mesher refuse to sit next to the woman; he also demanded that the woman—77-year-old Delsie Gayle—change her seat to meet his racist request.

Watch Mesher’s tirade here.

Not only did Mesher call Gayle an “ugly black b**ch,” Mesher also said:

“I tell you what, I hope someone sits there because I don’t want to sit next to your ugly face, your ugly f****** face…Don’t talk to me in a f*****g foreign language you stupid ugly cow.”

Now, in a not at all startling about-face, Mesher claims the video from the flight does not reflect who he really is:

“I’m not a racist person by any means, and it’s just a fit of temper at the time I think.”

Is this not what EVERY person caught making racist statements claims after the fact?

In his official statement, Mesher said he wanted to apologize to Gayle for “for all the distress you’ve had there and since,” but not for his racist behavior specifically.

That may be why Delsie Gayle is hesitant to accept Mesher’s statement to the press as an apology.

“You must forget and forgive but it’s going to take a long time for me to get over what he has done to me.”

Users on Twitter found Mesher’s apology….well… not an apology at all.

While Mesher’s behavior certainly did not go unnoticed, Ryanair’s response received wide rebuke as well.

The airline personnel asked Gayle if she would move. She agreed to leave her seat to go sit by her daughter, who she was traveling with but had not been seated beside.

The flight crew took no action against Mesher.

The airline released a statement after the incident:

In it, they stated they had no idea what happened at the time and only became aware of Mesher’s behavior afterward. Despite Mesher clearly yelling on the video and Gayle remaining silent, the airline claimed they viewed it as a simple dispute between two passengers and resolved it by asking Gayle to move.

To many, Ryanair’s response was not enough.

Being trapped in a giant metal tube hurtling through the sky at over 500 miles per hour can often feel stressful and suffocating.

Nevertheless, each and every single day, thousands of passengers face the same stress, the same maddening proximity, the grotesque but vital recirculated air. Yet, none of them delay a flight with public, racist diatribes and efforts at humiliation.

If Mesher “isn’t a racist,” why were racist insults his immediate reaction?

H/T: USA Today, Sky News


Written by Evan Brechtel

Evan Brechtel is a writer and actor living in New York. A Fordham University graduate, he also writes a monthly column for Chosen Magazine and is currently working on a historical fiction novel about New York queer bars over the twentieth century.