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- Posted on Sep 27th 2011 3:30PM by Jason MacNeil
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"No matter how quietly homophobia is whispered, it doesn't make it any less loud. You can't whisper hate," said the duo in a press release issued Sept. 27.
"In no way were our actions on Southwest Airlines excessive, inappropriate or vulgar. We want to make it clear we were not making out or creating any kind of spectacle of ourselves, it was one, modest kiss. We are responsible adult women who walk through the world with dignity. We were simply being affectionate like any normal couple."
As reported on TMZ.com, apparently a flight attendant saw Hailey and Grey kissing (which Hailey describes as a "small peck on the lips"). According to Hailey, the flight attendant approached them and "said that it was a 'family' airline and kissing was not ok."
"We were escorted off the plane for getting upset about the issue," Hailey tweeted. "@SouthwestAir endorses homophobic employees. No one made her accountable. Since when is showing affection towards someone you love illegal? I want to know what Southwest Airlines considers as 'family.'"
"So we've joined the ranks alongside @BJAofficial and @ThatKevenSmith for being kicked off an @SouthwestAir flight, this time for being gay. We didn't know intolerance and discrimination for slouchy pants, being overweight or being gay was part of your family values," they added, referring to the apparent reasons why Green Day's Billie Joe Armstrong and director Kevin Smith were also banned by the airline recently. "Maybe you guys should put up a big sign that lists what you don't tolerate before we spend our money on your horrible service."
Hailey has called for a boycott of the airline for their "intolerance," with Kelly Osbourne and Sandra Bernhard expressing their support via Twitter. Hailey and Grey also got the backing of Adam Lambert, who Grey toured with last year as his a keyboardist in his backing band.
"News: kissing is NOT indecent behavior," Lambert tweeted. "No matter what sex u are. So if two of the same sex are sweetly kissing, get over it!"
Southwest Airlines claim Hailey -- perhaps best known for her role as Alice Pieszecki in the Showtime series 'The L-Word' -- was removed after some passengers complained about the "excessive" affection.
"Our crew, responsible for the comfort of all customers on board, approached the passengers based solely on behavior and not gender," they said in a statement. "The conversation escalated to a level that was better resolved on the ground, as opposed to in flight." The airline added they'd work directly with Hailey and Grey to "offer our heartfelt apologies for falling short of their expectation."
The PJ Harvey-loving Uh Huh Her are releasing their new studio album, 'Nocturnes,' on Oct. 11 while the new single 'Another Case' is out now. The group begins a string of North American dates Oct. 8 in Philadelphia before concluding Nov. 6 in Portland. It's safe say at the end of their jaunt they won't be flying home on Southwest Airlines.