The internet is responding to that brutal United video the only way the internet knows how
There’s nothing funny about that disturbing video of a doctor being forcibly dragged, screaming, off a United Airlines flight. But that isn’t stopping the internet from doing what the internet does and turning the whole thing into one big meme.
The man was on a flight from Chicago to Louisville Sunday that was overbooked. When no passengers volunteered to give up their seats, a few were “randomly selected,” including the doctor, who insisted he had patients to see in the morning and needed to stay on the flight. Law enforcement was called onboard, and while passengers protested with their phone cameras rolling, the man was bloodied and dragged down the aisle of the plane. It was really difficult to watch.
Still, no humor is too dark for the internet to embrace wholeheartedly. It dealt with the trauma by viciously trolling United with memes.
United Airlines is pleased to announce new seating on all domestic flights- in addition to United First and Economy Plus we introduce…. pic.twitter.com/KQjPClU2d2
— McNeil (@Reflog_18) April 10, 2017
united's list of special in-flight deals makes a lot more sense now pic.twitter.com/UvkRVFppKz
— Bob Vulfov (@bobvulfov) April 10, 2017
— Dark Night (@pzambrana) April 10, 2017
Wow now is not the time United pic.twitter.com/VzCoL30xZA
— Casey Newton (@CaseyNewton) April 10, 2017
— Dave (@nochiefs) April 10, 2017
United Airlines in-flight staff training video leaked. pic.twitter.com/9de0L0PlGJ
— Alan Ferrier (@alanferrier) April 10, 2017
— Kevin Toy (@CLG_PewPewU) April 10, 2017
When it ran out of meme ideas, the internet continued to troll United with ideas for a new slogan it could adopt amid all the controversy.
You carry on, we carry off #NewUnitedAirlinesMottos
— Sir Castic One (@SnapDad42) April 11, 2017
Normal flights have cabin crews, we have bouncers #NewUnitedAirlinesMottos
— NKS (@NKS1806) April 11, 2017
Board as a doctor,
Leave as a patient. #NewUnitedAirlinesMottos
— Jenn (@fanqin0619) April 11, 2017
— United Airlines (@Fake_UnitedPR) April 11, 2017
Would you like a neck pillow?
Or a neck brace?
— My Alias is Dammit (@dammit_rick) April 11, 2017
If we overbook, you'll catch a right hook. #NewUnitedAirlinesMottos
— Aaron (@Swankbaank) April 11, 2017
You can take the $800 for another flight, or risk it all for our big surprise…
— Pope James Collins I (@allhailcollins1) April 11, 2017
Now serving punch #NewUnitedAirlinesMottos
— Miguel Santos (@migs_santos) April 11, 2017
Tell us your safe word at check in
— flip (@theflipgod) April 11, 2017
Unseat -> Beat -> Repeat #NewUnitedAirlinesMottos
— Sathesh S'Rajah (@SatheshSRajah) April 11, 2017
— Jim MacD (@jim_macd) April 11, 2017
#NewUnitedAirlinesMottos We have an offer you can't refuse. No really.
— OldCrow (@BirdieWings80) April 11, 2017
You Are Now Free To Get Dragged Around The Cabin#NewUnitedAirlinesMottos
— Seth-sational (@SethFromThe716) April 11, 2017
While United is being trolled super hard, it almost seems to be trolling back, its CEO’s response to the situation is so tone deaf. He issued a tweet from the company account, reading, “This is an upsetting event to all of us here at United. I apologize for having to re-accomodate these customers.”
United CEO response to United Express Flight 3411. pic.twitter.com/rF5gNIvVd0
— United (@united) April 10, 2017
Not exactly the thing you should be apologizing for, United.